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What is outplacement?

What is outplacement? Consultant explains meaning

Outplacement - frequently asked questions

What is outplacement? It’s support to help people find a new job after redundancy.

Outplacement is sometimes called career transition support.

But there isn’t a difference in the type of specialist support they provide. It helps someone move on to their next employment opportunity after they have lost their job as a result of redundancy. 

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Outplacement services offer practical and emotional support to help people find a new job after redundancy. The type of support provided can include:

Career assessments

Training needs analysis and advice

Resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles

Job application forms

Selection criteria

Job search strategies

Online job search

Working with recruiters

Hidden job market

Interview tips and coaching

Networking advice

Salary negotiations

Advice on starting own business

Careers in retirement

We offer flexible outplacement support tailored to individuals, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach with a universal flat fee. By listening to what you need, we can supply an option that is customised to your requirements and provides value for money. Irrespective of the program you choose, we provide the same high quality service that ensures you get the best from your budget, and your people get the career transition training they need.

Recruitment companies and large international outplacement companies can charge more than $20,000 per employee. Other providers charging $500 have limited support that only includes help with writing resumes and cover letters. We match our services to your needs to provide cost-effective career transition support that genuinely helps your employees find a new role, quickly. 

Is outplacement worth it?

Outplacement is a key part of a best practice redundancy process. Many organisations also recognise it as an integral part of the employee value proposition. 

Offering outplacement support – and encouraging staff to take up the offer – can help them move forward positively and find a new role more quickly. 

People who feel valued and supported through their job search are less likely to engage in legal action. If they feel more positive about their former employer, they are less likely to share negative views with friends or online.

Career transition support helps maintain organisational performance, boost workplace morale and reduce turnover. Staff remaining see a caring exit process, with genuine concern and respect for their former colleagues.

Outplacement can protect your corporate reputation and maintain a positive image in the labour market, which is critical when you return to growth.

what is outplacement support? asks client

Why outsource?

Outsourcing career transition support to a specialist company,can:

What's best - individual or group outplacement?

Face-to-face individual outplacement services can be delivered at a location and time to suit the person, or by phone and online. For larger numbers group outplacement combined with workshops may be more more effective

Remote online coaching is also an option via platforms such as Skype, Facetime and Zoom. This can be a cost-effective option.

Consultant leads group outplacement services workshop

More outplacement questions

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

Outplacement programs can be tailored to company requirements. Some organisations procure a set number of career coaching sessions, others prefer to provide assistance until a new job is found. Typically people are supported for between four to 12 weeks, and up to 12 months for executive programs.

Outplacement isn’t just for people in senior roles who have lost their job in a restructure. Employees at all levels and grades can benefit from career transition services after redundancy.

Our coaches have a track record of assisting a range of individuals, from recent graduates and award workers to industry specific professionals and senior managers. We work with clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, delivering high volume projects through to one-off redundancies.

 We also offer specialist services for executives and employees considering retirement.

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.

Organisations can engage an outplacement provider to provide career transition support. These third party suppliers, usually specialists in career transition and counselling (unlike recruitment agencies), provide your staff with assistance to find their next role.  

Employers provide support to employees as part of of severance package. There is no cost to the employee. 


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