What is outplacement support and how does it help?
When employees learn that they are losing their jobs, they are often hit with a paralysing cocktail of financial concerns, shock, panic and lowered self-esteem.
Outplacement support steps in to help your exiting employees navigate their job search in today's unusually competitive hiring market.
In addition to the benefits an outplacement programme can bring to your company, it is wise to consider the following ways in which it will help your people in the career transition process.
1) Outplacement coaches help reframe a job loss
Career coaching is a primary component of outplacement that provides the encouragement, motivation and structure clients often need to reframe their situation in a positive, forward-looking manner.
Before creating an action plan and getting started on job hunting, outplacement consultants ensure that departing employees are coping effectively with the loss of their jobs.
As a result of a positive outlook, affected employees are better positioned to apply for new jobs and succeed in interviews.
2) Outplacement services prepare personal marketing tools such as CVs and LinkedIn profiles
Outplacement firms provide exiting employees with the practical tools they need to succeed in their job search.
Given that recruiters often receive hundreds of applications for a single position and may spend just seconds initially reviewing an application, a poorly-written CV is often the determining factor behind why applicants fail to secure interviews.
As part of our outplacement packages, the CV Pilots team prepares personal marketing materials that may include:
- Cover letter
- LinkedIn profile
- Professional biography
3) Outplacement provides career coaching that enables employees to succeed in interviews
Career coaching that helps individuals navigate a difficult career transition is a central element of outplacement support.
During the coaching process, career consultants can assist with:
- Creating an action plan
- Researching target jobs and organisations
- Planning for a career change
- Developing an application strategy
- Preparing for interviews
- Negotiating and selecting job offers
4) Outplacement support helps departing employees find jobs faster
In our view, the primary purpose of outplacement is to help departing employees secure a new role that aligns with their career objectives.
The faster your people secure new roles, the less likely they are to speak poorly of your company and to suffer both the financial and emotional consequences of job loss.
Through a powerful combination of career coaching, interview preparation and CV writing, outplacement services place departing employees ahead of their competition.
5) Quality outplacement provides personalised services that meet individual needs
An effective outplacement service does not provide generic, off-the-shelf resources that are often of little use to an exiting employee.
Before investing in outplacement, consider whether it will meet the needs of individual employees and whether they will actually derive an advantage from it.
Job seekers often gain little from outplacement packages that rely mainly on automated technology and online portals.
One-on-one, personalised guidance, career coaching and interview preparation drive results that online job portals, career assessments and automated CV builders simply cannot.
A job loss can be one of the most difficult experiences a person goes through.
Outplacement companies provide individuals with both the practical and emotional support they need to transition to a new role as seamlessly as possible.
To learn more about our outplacement services for companies, click here.
We also offer a comparable career transitions programme for individuals.