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99% Client Success Rate


Get a plan. Find your success.

Most college students and recent graduates don’t have a good plan for starting their career. The career coaches at Priority Candidates work with you through every stage of the job search process.

We stay with you until you accept an offer. We are on call — start to finish.


Identify your best-fit career path


Build and execute your job search plan


Accept your job offer with confidence

Trying to find a job is overwhelming

If you don’t have a plan, you…

  • Feel lost trying to navigate the 800+ potential careers
  • Waste time because you don’t know the steps to take or the resources available
  • Lose confidence when you’re ignored by prospective employers

Many students don’t understand their career options or the skills and experience required for those jobs. They accept the first job offered which can be a poor choice. This can lead to the feared quarter-life crisis.

We don’t want that for you.

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We keep your job search on track

We ensure you present yourself as a strong and viable candidate. We meet with you weekly, guide you through your applications, phone screenings, interviews and case studies.


How does our process work?

There are three phases to our stategic job search process.


Assess your career path options
  • Three Dimensional Career Assessment Testing
  • One-on-One Career Path Counseling
  • Career Coach Evaluation


Develop your comprehensive job search plan
  • Refine Target Career Paths
  • Build ATS-Ready Resume (Applicant Tracking System)
  • Optimize LinkedIn Profile to Increase Visibility
  • Identify & Close Skill Gaps
  • Develop Your Brand and Story


Pursue potential opportunities
  • Intensive Interview Coaching
  • Build & Engage Your Professional Network
  • Create Customizable Cover Letters
  • Job Sourcing Research
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Get hired

into the job or internship you need to launch your professional career

Priority Candidates works exclusively with college students and recent graduates.


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Meet Lesley

Career Coach & Founder

“We will do whatever we need to do to get you where you want to be. We treat your job search as if it is our own.” — Lesley Mitler

In 2009, after more than 20 years as a successful executive search consultant, I founded Priority Candidates and shifted my focus to helping college students and recent graduates transition into their careers. Having so much experience placing senior level executives, I was uniquely poised to advise younger clients on how to look at their career in the long term.

In 2015, I co-founded Early Stage Careers, and built a team of professionals specializing in career coaching for college students and recent graduates. In 2022, we rebranded as Priority Candidates.

“Thank you for helping me find exactly what I was looking for.”

Victoria, Yale University