Why Choose Us

There are thousands of career development professionals out there. So why choose BrightSide? Click a qualification to see more details.

Click to expand Our career counselor's tool kit will expand your options

You're reading this because you feel stuck. Our career counseling service will provide you with numerous formal and informal assessments to build awareness and present you with career options. Our Networking and Job Hunting service covers absolutely every aspect of scoring the ideal job, from market research to negotiating salary.

Click to expand We're skilled in traditional and progressive counseling models

Everyone is different which is why a good counselor or coach will have several different techniques from which to draw upon. Some of the theories we leverage in our counseling include Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Gestalt/Body-Centered, Solution-Focused, and Narrative.

Click to expand We're backed by extensive training in Career Counseling

BrightSide Resumes Executive Director, Cliff Flamer, has both national certification with the NBCC as well as a master's degree in Career and College Counseling from San Francisco State University's regionally accredited (CACREP) program. This training comprises 23 graduate-level courses in Psychology, Counseling, and Career Development including 2 years of clinical work at Bay Area career centers and educational institutions.

Click to expand We specialize in career transitions and re-entry

Change is inevitable. Whether you're advancing your career, reentering the workforce after a break, emerging from military service, undergoing layoffs, moving into or out of consulting work, or launching your own business-BrightSide will help you transition into the next chapter of your life. To further understand our perspective, read our philosophy of career counseling and how it's linked to the effectiveness of your resume.

Click to expand We know the job-search and hiring process

As a former recruiter, Executive Director of BrightSide Resumes, Cliff Flamer, coached 100s of job seekers into successful careers, helping them navigate multi-phase interviews, select appropriate references, and negotiate salary. A recognized expert by both job-seekers and hiring staff, Cliff has brought this expertise into his counseling and coaching at BrightSide Resumes.

Click to expand We've assisted job seekers of all experience levels

Since 2001, we've worked in-depth with all types of job seekers from recent graduates to seasoned executives, helping them excel in their personal, academic, and professional lives. Read some testimonials to see what our clients think about our ability to help them define and reach their goals.

Click to expand We understand the impact of work stress

There's no way around it. When we talk about work, we invariably end up talking about everything else in our lives. Difficult work situations can lead to other financial, emotional, and familial hardships which is why it's necessary for your career development specialist to be trained in personal counseling as well. With BrightSide, you not only get a career expert but a trained, trusted professional counselor.

Click to expand We offer short-term and long-term assistance

While your initial counseling or coaching may be as brief as 1 or 2 sessions, we're eager to offer you guidance further down the road. As your career develops and your interests diversify or converge, you'll need to call upon a trusted resource to help you through new challenges. Put simply, we're in it for the long haul. Find out why the majority of our clients have found a reason to return to the BrightSide.


Whichever service you choose, a fresh perspective and an achievable game plan are sometimes all that is necessary to revitalize your career. Our clients are consistently amazed by how focused, confident, and invigorated they feel after their career counseling and job-search coaching.

You too can find renewed enthusiasm for your work and finally develop a resume that reflects your professional persona and attracts the right kind of attention.

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