Dennis Stark, Ph.D. & Associates

Testimonials From Individuals


Dennis, Brian shared the resume on which you and he worked and I wanted you to know how impressed my wife and I were with the results. We were particularly delighted with the opening lead-in, the way you presented the people with whom he has worked and successfully trained, and the data points that highlighted his accomplishments.

He has accomplished a lot in his career and your efforts help to effectively present these. Many thanks, we appreciate your professional assistance.

--John J.


After many years without needing to update my resume or interview for a job, I was struggling with developing my resume. Dennis was invaluable in not only helping me to put together an impressive reporting of my accomplishments, but also in coaching me to see my strengths and have confidence going into interviews. I asked a P&G friend to look over my updated resume, since she has reviewed many hundreds of resumes over her career, and her feedback was “I think your resume is excellent! It’s the best I’ve ever seen – focuses on results, results, results. I have nothing to add/improve.” Knowing that my resume was so good gave me the confidence I needed in my job search. Thank you Dennis, for this wonderful help!



I have used Dennis Stark’s Career Counseling Program twice: first, when I graduated from college and second, when I was reentering the workforce after being a stay-at-home mother for 13 years. Both times I was tremendously pleased with the in-depth feedback I received. I would HIGHLY recommend Dennis and his career counseling program to anyone trying to find a career that matches their interests and skills. Thanks again Dennis!

--Lynn S.


My time with Dennis was worth every dime I paid and every hour I spent. I had already worked with another “Career Coach” and an outplacement firm. However, I was still very dissatisfied with my career direction and had almost lost all my working confidence. Thank goodness I found him. Not only is Dennis very personable to work with, his style and approach to helping you really find your niche is positive, encouraging, comprehensive, and very accurate. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about all my strengths and skills that matched with a career that I could be excited about and that restored my self-confidence. I would give Dennis a 5-star rating out of 5 stars!

--Suzi F.


I wanted to let you know about one of your success stories. You may recall a young man named Todd who you tested and analyzed, after I found you online. Part of his agreement with me (his father) was that he would listen to what you had to say and pay attention. The results were not surprising because he has always been so proficient with numbers. But he was clueless as to what to do with his business degree. He thought he wanted to do something in sports. Your results gave him a career path toward being a CFO for a large company. He liked the idea.

As I write this letter he is gainfully employed with [a law firm/accounting practice] as a Junior Accountant. He is also studying for his graduate school entrance exam, on his way to a Masters in Accounting and CPA. It adds to his enjoyment that his firm represents many professional athletes and celebrities. It’s funny how things work out. So far so good. I just thought I would let you know.

--Rick B.


Thank you for the guidance and advice you have provided over the past year and a half.  I believe this input has made me a better leader and a better person as well.  It has also given me confidence to act in situations where before I might have been uncomfortable.  Your services have become a vital part of working with the people in our business and therefore the business itself.  [from a person who has gone through the Professional Development Assessment process]

--John C., Divisional CEO, Halma Holdings Inc.

I started working with Dennis Stark during my first year of college.  Confused on career choices, his testing and counseling helped guide me into the career that I currently have.  Since graduating, I have stayed in contact with Dr. Stark and have worked with him to further understand my strengths and limitations, and how to best apply my strengths in my professional setting.  Since graduating from college 15 years ago, my income has increased 1500% and my career has taken me to the position of Senior Vice President of a nationally known company.  I credit a tremendous amount of my success to Dennis Stark & Associates.

--Brian N., Senior Vice President, Retail Division, Colonial Properties Trust


It has been a pleasure meeting with you regarding my Career Development Assessment.  The feedback I’ve received was invaluable.  No question your testing shows incredible insight on the individual—a great experience for me.  Hopefully we will have an opportunity to do this again—I’d like to see how quickly I improve.

--Steve N., Portman Equipment Company


Dr. Starks' Career Counseling Program has proven to be an invaluable experience as I seek to take the next step in my career path. The process itself and the resulting comprehensive report confirmed some hunches that I had, but it also gave me a few surprises about my skills and tendencies. Dr. Stark provided me with tangible results and clear recommendations on how I can improve myself to become an effective, even excellent, leader. I walk away from the program with renewed clarity as to my own strengths and limitations, as well as an increased confidence in my abilities. I am genuinely excited about applying these results to securing work that will reward and fulfill me both personally and professionally. Thank you so much!

--Kristi N.


Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for your personal and professional approach to helping me find the career that’s best for me.  You certainly gave me plenty to chew on and I have already been to the bookstore to start my library…  Again, Dennis, I thoroughly enjoyed our work together and thank you for the time and energy you committed to my 'case'.  If I ever find anyone in need of your type of services, you will receive my enthusiastic and unqualified endorsement.

--John E., Retired USMC Major


I can’t thank you enough for your exhaustive research and findings about my abilities, interests, values, personality and careers which match my personal profile.  The results are more than just food for thought; they amount to a prescription for a better life for me and my family.

--Bill M.


When the field I dedicated myself to for twenty years dramatically changed through mergers, acquisitions and consolidation I faced difficult choices and an uncertain future.  It was your Career Development Assessment -- and the personal counseling that amplified the testing -- that kept me focused and opened my eyes to the possibilities before me.  I greatly appreciate your help in giving me the confidence to apply my skills in a new and rewarding career.  In fact, I felt that your services were so valuable to my career that I 've sent my son and daughter to you for career counseling.  Thanks again for helping them.

--Tim S., Divisional Director, Service Wholesale, Inc.


I wanted to write to thank you for the time you took to go over the [career counseling] I did with you.  I appreciate the time you took to answer all my questions.  Other questions have arisen from further reflection and review of the material and I hope to contact you in the near future about these.  I have looked further into the occupations suggested by the test results—in particular, the accounting field.  Thank you again for your help. I should have gone to see you sooner!

--Joe S.


I recently went through your Career Counseling process.  The insights it provided regarding my career interests, personality and leadership tendencies have helped me to zero in on the kind of career and job environment that is most conducive to my personal effectiveness and satisfaction.  Your insight, wisdom, and professionalism are much appreciated.  Thank you!

--Randall R.


I just wanted to say thank you for your work in regards to my career path.  I sincerely appreciate the attention and care that went into my report.  It's funny--several of the career choices that provided the best match for me had always been interests of mine.  I was also truly amazed that one of the careers that best matched my personality, skills, and values was my current job path!  I knew deep down inside that this is what I wanted to do throughout my career.  Unfortunately, the last couple of chaotic years in the telecom industry took that confidence and clarity away from me.  I am grateful that God directed me towards you and your assistance.  I am truly fortunate that you have helped me regain confidence and clarity about my career.  I would 100% recommend your services to anyone who needs the same help that I needed.  I am very happy with the great detail that you have put into my report.  I was amazed at how the tests and inventories exposed so much about me that I had not realized in the past.  At the same time, a lot of the feedback reaffirmed many of the things I already knew about myself.  Once again, I am sincerely grateful for your assistance.  This was money very well spent and has been a wonderful investment that will reap great rewards for me in the future.

--Ron H.


We have used Dr. Dennis Stark's Career Counseling Program for both our college-aged sons.  As with many students, our sons were unsure of what courses of study and career directions might be 'right' for them.  Dr. Stark's program provided them with detailed inventories of their strengths, limitations, and personality tendencies, along with a very comprehensive list of potential careers that were best-suited for their strengths and personalities.  What our sons appreciated the most was the one-on-one three-hour intensive review session of this list of potential careers with Dr. Stark, which helped them to clarify a direction to take.  We wish now that we had used Dr. Stark's program sooner, for we would have saved several thousand dollars in tuition costs (not to mention wasted time) had our sons been more focused earlier in their college careers.

--Lou and Pat R., parents of two sons who were career counselees


After deciding to change companies, I was faced with uncertainty concerning how to present myself as a candidate to prospective employers in a competitive market. I sought Dr. Stark’s assistance in constructing my resume and was met with the promise of making it as impactful as possible. The end result far surpassed my expectations. Dr. Stark patiently sifted through my work history during several consultations to produce a concise and potent resume that I am now excited to submit to potential employers. Upon reading it, I have increased confidence in my career search as well as a deeper sense of pride in my accomplishments.

--Emily S


To catalogue the complete list of times Dr. Stark supported me with my resume and job search pursuits would be tedious and exhaustive. Over the past four years Dennis has continually supported the development of my professional documents that caught the eye of several prospective employers. Using his cover letter and resume recommendations I averaged three times as many interviews as my peers. He gave my professional documents the tangible qualities they needed to highlight my accomplishments and separate me from the competition. Dennis truly has a gift for understanding exactly what an employer needs to know about candidates in order to call them in for an interview.

This past month I was applying for a dream job at a new Catholic school in Cincinnati. When I brought the opportunity to Dr. Stark’s attention, he made a phone call and within a week I was sitting across the table from a board member who was instrumental in the school’s development. Upon reviewing my cover letter and resume this esteemed contact said “I have never seen a finer presentation of one’s skills in my entire career”. (He is a former CEO and has been in business for over 40 years.) I continued to pursue the job opportunity using Dennis’s suggestions and guidance and in just two more weeks was offered an interview with the Principal of the school. Two days later I landed the job I have been looking for since I first began teaching.

With Dr. Stark’s help I have had nine job offers in three years—my peers have found it difficult enough to secure that many job interviews. Dennis’s professional contacts have afforded me six different interviews in various school districts and parochial schools. Now that I have found the ideal job and reflected on my pursuits of finding the “right place” to work I have come to two truths: One, Dr. Stark’s professional advice and recommendations are sound and they work. Two, Dennis’s personal recommendations and contacts are of great influence. His interventions and support are swift and meticulous. He made me feel like my resume was the only job he was working on and that it took priority over everything else.

Because of Dr. Stark’s guidance I am exactly where I want to be in the prime of my career. Because of his advice I have afforded my wife the ability to raise our children with peace of mind. Because of his advice I am able to send my sons to one of the top private Montessori schools in the Cincinnati area. Because of Dr. Stark I am able to do the job I love, supporting those I love most, and I couldn’t be more grateful for his direction.

--Paul E.


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