fOUNDER & principal


For the last twelve years, Jim Scott has specialized in career management and transition. As Founder & Principal of CareerChoiceFirst, Jim specializes in career planning with high school and college students, people in early career who are experiencing challenges, and professionals, managers, and executives in transition. Jim has prior professional experience as Vice President and Managing Consultant at Lee Hecht Harrison in Parsippany, NJ and as a Senior Consultant at Transition Solutions in Wellesley Hills, MA. Jim coached individuals, from specialists to executives, in the development of their career goals and objectives and the process strategy and execution to realize their objectives. Jim has worked with individuals on corporate career tracks and in entrepreneurial pursuits. He has provided career management advice to NY Jets and NY Giants rookies for several years.  Jim was the keynote speaker at “Senior Transitions,” a career planning symposium for eight colleges and universities in central Pennsylvania.

Jim had been a senior human resources generalist with over 25 years of hands-on experience in the management of diverse employee populations. A specialist in implementing management practices that impact organizational strength and profitability, his extensive experience includes executive search, senior management development, succession planning, mergers & acquisitions, policy and procedure development, and personnel law.

While serving in positions at GTE Sylvania, Shaw’s Supermarkets, and Staples, Jim gained career experience as a human resources supervisor, manager, director, and vice president. He has worked in manufacturing, distribution, retail, and research and development on both the domestic and international fronts.

Jim is a graduate of Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA. He began his career there as Assistant Director of Admissions.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Lycoming and as Chair of the Personnel and Student Life & Enrollment Management Committees. He served on the Presidential Selection Committee in 2012.

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