Progress in Work’s Outplacement | Career Transition Counseling & Coaching Division has unparalleled experience from helping thousands of attorneys and many other high-level professionals through the complexities of the career transition process, whether it be voluntary or involuntary.

For over twenty-five years, Sheryl Odentz, the founder of Progress in Work, has worked with nearly half of the Am Law 100 and Am Law 200 Law Firms (most of which fall within the top 50), mid-sized law firms, top-tier law boutiques and in-house legal departments of major companies to ensure smooth transitions for their departing professionals to settings inside or outside of the practice of law. Progress in Work helps minimize any negative impact associated with this type of change to both the organization and the individual and ensures privacy and confidentiality as well as emotional support to the departing individual throughout the career transition process.

Progress in Work’s philosophy is to encourage the professional to consciously drive and accept responsibility for the arc of their career and to partner with the individual by creating unique, customized programs to achieve their next position. More specifically, Progress in Work walks the job seeker through a process that starts with “intake” and career assessments (if warranted), progresses to needed job search training and a personalized marketing plan, and ends with effectively communicating and negotiating upon an offer. At a more tactical level, Progress in Work assists with resume preparation, cover letters, recruiter recommendations, networking, specific job search strategies, interviewing, evaluating job offers, and salary negotiation. Progress in Work provides the full gamut of career and job search tools, including the use of a proprietary career library, subscription databases, and business contacts to meet career objectives. Furthermore, Progress in Work can assist the attorney seeking a position at another law firm with business development training and planning to ensure a robust start. Progress in Work is certified in numerous career assessments and offers the Highlands Ability Lawyers Report designed to identify an attorney’s unique abilities to assess the legal practice area they are the most suited for.

The outplacement process, especially as it relates to large law firms, is a very delicate one. Whether your firm is providing an individual outplacement services or the individual is deciding on outplacement services for themselves, please click on the article Does Your Outplacement or Career Transition Provider Possess the Proper Qualifications? to help you make an informed decision.


Progress in Work has been recognized more than 20 times as one of the best outplacement/career transition providers in The National Law Journal (including Chicago and Midwest Editions), New York Law JournalConnecticut Law Tribune, Texas Lawyer, New Jersey Law Journal, Daily Business Review (Florida), The Recorder (California) and Corporate Counsel Surveys. Progress in Work was inducted into the New York Law Journal’s Hall of Fame. Click here all for all awards.