What is outplacement and career transition?


What is outplacementWe’re often asked “what is outplacement?”, so we’ve developed some answers to the most frequently asked questions about career transition we receive. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, we’d be delighted to help you.

What is outplacement?

Outplacement is a service offered to people who have been made redundant. Usually an employer will hire a specialist career transition company such as Glide Outplacement to help employees come to terms with their redundancy and assist them to find a new job. This support is included in a severance package.

Outplacement can include:

  • Redundancy counselling.
  • Career assessment.
  • Job search support.
  • Advice on resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and job applications.
  • Tips on networking opportunities and accessing the ‘hidden job market’.
  • Job interview techniques and practice sessions.
  • Training needs analysis.
  • Advice on starting a business.
  • Retirement planning.

Why offer outplacement?

Outplacement is a key part of a best practice redundancy process. Employees often expect this type of assistance, and can make a difficult time an opportunity for professional exploration and career growth.

It helps employees move forward positively, find a new role more quickly and better cope with the realities of job change. People who feel valued and supported through their job search are less likely to engage in legal action against the company, or share negative experiences with friends or online.

In addition, offering career transition support helps boost morale in the workplace. Those staff remaining see a professional and caring exit process, with genuine concern and respect for former employees. This can protect the organisation’s corporate reputation and maintain a positive image in the labour market, which is critical when you return to growth.

Why use specialist companies?

It can help employees break their emotional tie to their former company. Instead, they build a temporary or lasting bond with their career transition coach who will support them during their job search process.

Outsourcing also means you can focus on business operations rather than diverting time, energy and expertise to assist former employees.

What career transition support do you offer?

Organisational change and its impact on employees is personal to a company and its culture. We discuss a client’s needs with them prior to developing a career transition support package to ensure it meets the needs of both the organisation and the individuals affected.

A wide range of outplacement programs is available, which can be tailored to company requirements.

Which areas of Australia do you cover?

We have experienced outplacement consultants across Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra, providing redundancy support as well as career coaching and resume writing services.

Do you work with individuals or groups?

We deliver face-to-face individual outplacement services at a location and time to suit the person, or by phone and online. Alternatively we facilitate group outplacement workshops for up to 12 people per session.

For how long is support provided?

Some organisations use us to provide a set number of career coaching sessions, others ask us to assist until a new job is found. We typically work with people over four to 12 weeks, and up to 12 months for executive outplacement programs. We can condense or expand this as needed.

How much does outplacement cost?

We tailor our high value yet affordable services to meet the requirements of clients and fees can reflect the available budget.

Who delivers the programs and workshops?

We match the right outplacement consultant to the individual or group to ensure we deliver the best possible service.

When we receive the contact details of a person we will be working with, we introduce ourselves, explain the service and answer any questions they may have. This enables us to gain an understanding of their objectives and to allocate the right consultant based on style, background and experience.

Do you work with all employee levels?

Yes. We offer a variety of assistance covering the needs of all employee levels, from senior executive outplacement to award workers.

Is outplacement the same as recruiting or headhunting?

No. We assist individuals in achieving success in their career transition. Recruiters search, identify and hire candidates to fill specific job openings. We do however provide access to HR and recruitment contacts.

Please contact us if you would like more information about outplacement.