Welcome to Nielsen Career Consulting

Nielsen photoSheila Markin Nielsen is a career counselor and lawyer with over thirty years of experience coaching more than 4,500 professionals, both lawyers and non-lawyers. She helps her clients assess career direction, coaches them on job search, and works with them on optimizing workplace performance.

Nielsen Career Consulting offers services for law firms and businesses, individual attorneys, career direction clients, and therapists:

  • Job search training and support
  • Career direction guidance
  • Executive coaching
  • Training and support for new graduates
  • Business development training and coaching
  • Assistance with career and workplace dilemmas
  • Outplacement services

Sheila is available for presentations and is a frequent speaker on career issues.

Connect!

Check out Sheila's blog for the latest on job search and career development and counseling and "Like" her Facebook page for a very useful stream of advice, insight, and guidance.

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Articles, News, Appearances

Enjoy the latest articles, news, and appearances on her Press page.

Presentation

Sheila will share her “Map of the Quest“ presentation on networking for business development with your organization. An animated guide to achieving career satisfaction, it gets rave reviews, like this one from Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Please contact Sheila if you are interested in arranging a presentation.

Book

In her book Job Quest: How to Become the Insider Who Gets Hired, Sheila Markin Nielsen spells out what so many of us already suspected, that people with personal connections, the insiders, have a tremendous advantage. When it comes to landing jobs, people with the inside connections do better, but there is a way to develop connections inside a workplace that give you an advantage – through rapid relationship and trust building. Read more ...

Contact

Contact Sheila today to start a conversation about your career.

 

I just wanted to let you know that I was promoted at my job! It was so unexpected for me and I am elated as it was my first year back after maternity leave and only 3 years on the job. It is crazy how being at the right place and doing what you want to do can completely change your life. I can’t thank you enough. Identifying what I needed/wanted from my professional life and having the confidence (and assistance) to go out and get it. I can’t believe that 4 years ago I was making 50% less, working way more in a job that brought me no satisfaction and frankly, was making me miserable! Thank you so much- my investment in you has paid back tenfold!

Brittany

 

I worked with Sheila to determine the best path to take with my career transition. Sheila is incredibly knowledgeable, caring, and objective. With her guidance, my career path became clear to me and I was able to determine what I am looking for out of my career and life. I highly recommend anyone looking for career advice to work with Sheila. She truly is there for her clients and goes above and beyond to help however she can. Thank you, Sheila!

Michael

 

Sheila was an incredibly valuable resource for determining what I truly need in a career in order to be happy and successful (emphasis on the “happy”). She is a fantastic listener who I felt truly “got” me. Sheila gleaned insights from things I told her that even surprised me, but were very much spot-on and helpful. I would highly recommend her to anyone struggling with their career path. In fact, I already have!

CB

 

Lawyers in Chicago can find no better career counselor than Sheila Nielsen. She is gifted with an ability to quickly understand you at a core level and guide you toward aligning self and work in ways that are more harmonious, rewarding, and sustaining. I first saw Sheila at a difficult career juncture - my law partner left on short notice, leading to laying off attorneys and staff and dissolving our firm. My question: What next? Join a firm? Go in-house? Something else? With empathy, insight, and amazing accuracy, Sheila guided me through a process that led to a decision on a direction that felt deeply right for me.

That was 15 years ago. Since then, I have served 12 years as managing partner of a successful, three office, highly-niched, boutique law firm, the firm I founded based on Sheila's process. I recently transitioned to firm to my partners, and have moved on to new endeavors. I consulted with Sheila on multiple occasions during that transition. For me, Sheila became a trusted advisor delivering high value. She is #1 on my referral list for lawyers seeking career advice.

Chris Cinnamon
Former Managing Partner
Cinnamon Mueller

 

I have worked with Sheila at several points during my legal career, and have had the pleasure of speaking on several panels with her. I have always found Sheila to be a highly effective professional (as well as a delightful person of great integrity) and would recommend her to anyone seeking to make a career-related decision or change. While she is particularly knowledgeable about issues facing attorneys, her skills would benefit any professional.

Katherine E.

 

I just wanted to let you know that I was promoted at my job! It was so unexpected for me and I am elated as it was my first year back after maternity leave and only 3 years on the job. It is crazy how being at the right place and doing what you want to do can completely change your life. I can’t thank you enough. Identifying what I needed/wanted from my professional life and having the confidence (and assistance) to go out and get it. I can’t believe that 4 years ago I was making 50% less, working way more in a job that brought me no satisfaction and frankly, was making me miserable! Thank you so much- my investment in you has paid back tenfold!

Brittany

 

I worked with Sheila to determine the best path to take with my career transition. Sheila is incredibly knowledgeable, caring, and objective. With her guidance, my career path became clear to me and I was able to determine what I am looking for out of my career and life. I highly recommend anyone looking for career advice to work with Sheila. She truly is there for her clients and goes above and beyond to help however she can. Thank you, Sheila!

Michael

 

Sheila was an incredibly valuable resource for determining what I truly need in a career in order to be happy and successful (emphasis on the “happy”). She is a fantastic listener who I felt truly “got” me. Sheila gleaned insights from things I told her that even surprised me, but were very much spot-on and helpful. I would highly recommend her to anyone struggling with their career path. In fact, I already have!

CB

 

Lawyers in Chicago can find no better career counselor than Sheila Nielsen. She is gifted with an ability to quickly understand you at a core level and guide you toward aligning self and work in ways that are more harmonious, rewarding, and sustaining. I first saw Sheila at a difficult career juncture - my law partner left on short notice, leading to laying off attorneys and staff and dissolving our firm. My question: What next? Join a firm? Go in-house? Something else? With empathy, insight, and amazing accuracy, Sheila guided me through a process that led to a decision on a direction that felt deeply right for me.

That was 15 years ago. Since then, I have served 12 years as managing partner of a successful, three office, highly-niched, boutique law firm, the firm I founded based on Sheila's process. I recently transitioned to firm to my partners, and have moved on to new endeavors. I consulted with Sheila on multiple occasions during that transition. For me, Sheila became a trusted advisor delivering high value. She is #1 on my referral list for lawyers seeking career advice.

Chris Cinnamon
Former Managing Partner
Cinnamon Mueller

 

I have worked with Sheila at several points during my legal career, and have had the pleasure of speaking on several panels with her. I have always found Sheila to be a highly effective professional (as well as a delightful person of great integrity) and would recommend her to anyone seeking to make a career-related decision or change. While she is particularly knowledgeable about issues facing attorneys, her skills would benefit any professional.

Katherine E.

 

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