Name: Karen Palevsky, M.A., L.M.H.C.
CCC Role: Board Member / Secretary
NY - Manhattan
Practice Locations: Office located in Midtown Manhattan.  Also work with clients outside of the metropolitan NYC area, throughout the US and abroad, via phone and Skype.

Phone: (212) 387-8223

Career Assessment/Identifying 'Best Fit' Career
Job Search: Strategy/Networking/Interviewing
Changing Careers/Fields
Salary Negotiation
Re-entering the Workforce
Work/Life Balance
Age/Gender/Race/Disability Issues


Counseling Specialties:   
Counselor Profile:

My professional practice rests on the core belief that work is an integral part of our lives - it affects our self-image, our ability to lead an independent life, our sense of belonging, and an instinctive need to do something we consider worthwhile. Whether you are launching a career, feeling stuck or stagnant in your present job, recently laid off and in transition, or reentering the work force, I will help you define and execute on goals to choose, change or advance your career.

As a native New Yorker, I've had the opportunity to work with clients from a wide variety of industries crossing both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. These include financial services, social services, media and advertising, the cultural and performing arts, healthcare, government, hospitality services, management consulting, fashion, retail, education, higher education, legal, manufacturing, pharma, architecture and engineering, the sciences and others. Functional expertise ranges from early career / recent grads to mid and late career professionals in a wide spectrum of professional disciplines including HR, accounting, finance and financial services, sales, marketing and brand building, attorneys, editors and writers, journalists, business development, IT, medical including nurses and MDs, PH.D.s, healthcare services and administration, social work, urban planning, architecture, nonprofit management, psychology, academia, development and fundraising, executive and administrative assistant and more.

My style is strategic, practical and action-oriented. An intuitive and empathetic listener, I provide a supportive environment where I partner with you in assessing needs and developing and implementing a plan that is line with your values, skills/competencies, and interests. In addition, my NYS Mental Health Counselor licensure and background in vocational rehabilitation enables me to address any special concerns impacting career planning including ADHD, learning disabilities, familial, physical or mental health issues.

Services: Full-service career counseling and coaching provided in person or virtually via phone, Skype or Facetime. Convenient Gramercy Park / NYC location.

  • Career Assessment and Planning (including MBTI and Strong assessments)

  • Resume / CV / Cover Letter / Bio / Board Profile / LinkedIn Profile and related materials

  • Job Search Strategizing

  • Networking and Interview Coaching

Professional Background:

  • Currently manage a full-service career counseling private practice based in New York City, working as a Career Counselor / Professional Resume Writer: Professional Resumes Plus for ~20 years (

  • Serve as an Adjunct Senior Advisor and Resume / Bio / Board Profile Writer for Lee Hecht Harrison's (global outplacement firm) Senior Executive Practice.  Previous experience coaching clients with diverse backgrounds in transition.

  • Developed and delivered a multitude of career management seminars and webinars for universities including New York University School of Professional Studies, Baruch College Alumni Career Services, Columbia University Graduate Alumni Career Services, as well as the New York Public Library.

  • Earlier background includes roles in Human Resources Recruitment and Employee Relations with Merrill Lynch and St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Center, executive search, and career counseling with adults at The New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), The Lighthouse/New York Association for the Blind, and PROS (professional outplacement services).

  • Wrote article, "Writing Powerful Resumes" which was featured in trade publications. Also contributed resumes to "Expert Resumes for Baby Boomers", JIST Publications.

  • Featured in articles in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and on NPR (National Public Radio).

  • Board Member and Secretary of the Career Counselors Consortium.

  • Member of the Career Development Specialists Network.


  • MA in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, post graduate Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development, and BA in History, all from New York University.  

  • New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  

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