• Opening Doors to a New Future

    Professional Development Strategies (PDS) is a leading Outplacement and Career Transition Agency. PDS provides you with the tools to define and communicate your unique skills and experience, creating your competitive edge in landing your next position.

    The PDS Difference

    We have built our reputation through our expertise in guiding people and companies to reach their goals in the areas of outplacement and career transition by providing services that are personalized and proven.

    Executive & Professional Career Transition Services

    Today's job market is competitive, particularly for executives and professionals. We provide clients with personalized strategies, ongoing consulting, and job search education so that they can advance in their career.

    Choosing The Right Path

    We help job searchers identify their strengths, accomplishments and career goals, and teach them how to stand out from the 'crowd' to achieve their ideal job.

    Urgent Outplacement Services

    We can quickly develop and implement an outplacement program solution that is ideal for your organization.

    Outplacement Services

    When companies and organizations are facing the difficult need to implement a Reduction In Force, we create comprehensive, customized outplacement solutions that support organizational leadership and benefit displaced employees. Our coaches conduct compassionate, individual career transition programs for each enrolled employee. 

    Engaging PDS’ committed, compassionate and expert Outplacement Services for departing employees fosters goodwill and serves to  minimize potential lawsuits and negative social media that can result when an employee feels that he or she is not being treated fairly. This is an important aspect of reputation management. Providing services for departing employees additionally bolsters remaining employees’ morale and supports employee retention.

    We coach, support and guide clients in career transition to conquer their fears, define and communicate their brand value, and effectively engage in a full-on job search both online and offline to re-ignite their careers.  With informed expertise, compassionate and directive guidance, clients gain the life-long advantage of knowing how to position themselves within the marketplace to realize their personal career goals.

    Individual Career Transition Coaching

    PDS also works with individuals who have not had job search services provided for them by their employer and we utilize the same tools and methodologies to assist in their success and long term career management. 

    Our customized program will assist you in developing the necessary tools to compete in the ever-changing job market. PDS offers you one-on-one coaching that delivers progressive career guidance in areas such as: 

    • Defining Professional Brand
    • Phone Interview Techniques
    • CPRW Resumes                       
    • Advanced Interview Skills
    • Customized Cover / Approach Letters       
    • Network Development
    • LinkedIn Profile Development                     
    • Innovative Search Methodologies
    • Personalized TMAY (Elevator Speech)     
    • Negotiation Strategies

    PDS methodologies have produced quantitative results with proactive and professional career development strategies.  PDS partners with you, providing services that will enable you to soar professionally. You know how to do the job. We teach what you need to know to effectively manage your search. 

    PDS Resume Writing Services (Optional Stand-Alone Offering)

    Our team of experienced, Certified Professional Resume Writers (CPRWs) will create a customized Resume to establish your brand and meet your goals and objectives. We start with our initial Resume Questionnaire and 1:1 meetings with a PDS Resume Writer to document your selected accomplishments and work history, and develop a strategy for your marketing materials and job search.

    Our Resume Writers understand how to address an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and use keyword optimization to help you get noticed and get hired. PDS will also enhance your LinkedIn Profile using your new Resume content and teach you the importance of networking and writing strategic conversational cover letters.

    For professionals in need of cost-effective Customized Resumes, LinkedIn Profiles and Conversational Cover Letters, the PDS Resume Writing Service will help you visualize yourself at your best.

    We invite you to learn more about our affordable customized resumes.  Complete the Contact Page or contact John Singer at 520-395-0574.


    We are your Professional Partners in Individual Career Transitions and Outplacement.




    University of Arizona

    “The personal touch and care Professional Development Strategies shows our displaced employees is the reason we contracted them as our Outplacement provider” Vice President of Human Resources




    Muscular Dystrophy Association

    When MDA needed to downsize immediately, we were there to help. Find out how we assisted their valuable employees in securing new jobs.


    City of La Quinta, California

    When La Quinta needed a reduction in workforce, they turned to PDS. We provided on-site workshops, job market education, 30-day counseling, and negotiating strategies. “We highly recommend [PDS] to anyone considering outplacement services” Human Resources/General Services Manager

    See “Outplacement Services for Municipalities and Government Entities


    National Optical Astronomy Observatory

    “When we had a major downsize in our research, engineering and science departments we contacted PDS to assist our professionals in Arizona, Chile, and Hawaii. We have been very pleased with the results.” Supervisor of Human Resources for NOAO/AURA

    Career Transition:  Expertise, Strategy and Momentum

    The job search landscape has changed dramatically in today’s new market economy. You know you want to build on your career and land a more fulfilling role. What is holding you back?

    → I know I can make a solid contribution to another company. How do I communicate that to hiring managers?

    → I hear a lot about branding. What is my brand? How does that apply to job search?

    → I’ve been sending my resume out but it isn’t garnering any worthwhile attention. Now what?

    → How helpful is LinkedIn? How can I make the most of it?

    → How can I expand my network of referral sources to get in front of my next employer?

    → I haven’t experienced an interview in a long time. How do I distinguish myself from all of the other candidates?

    → I want a better salary. What are the best strategies for negotiating a better offer?

    These questions are fully addressed within the PDS Career Transitions program, providing you with the expertise, strategies and momentum to advance in your career.

    Knowledge Base

    Proof or Consequences

    A client recently shared an email he had received from a “competitor” in his industry. The author of the email was attempting to position himself as an expert in their trade and belittle my client for his unique style of doing business. The email carried a negative tone and read as a stream of consciousness…

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    Career Job Seekers and PDS’ Human Touch Approach

    Studies have shown that losing a job is one of life’s most emotional events. It ranks slightly behind losing a love one, divorce, serious illness, extraordinary debt and homelessness. When losing a job, a small percentage of individuals experience anxiety levels considered to be medically dangerous. A majority experience an emotional roller coaster bouncing back…