An introduction to outplacement
What is outplacement? It’s specialist support that helps people move on after redundancy and find a new job more quickly and easily.
It is sometimes called career transition support. But there isn’t a difference in the type of specialist support provided. It helps someone move on to their next employment opportunity after they have lost their job as a result of redundancy.
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.
What support does outplacement provide?
Outplacement services offer practical and emotional support to help people transition to a new job. 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
What are the benefits of outplacement?
What’s the best delivery method?
Delivery methods often depend on an organisation’s specific requirements. 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 and more flexible option.
Outsourcing to a specialist company,can:
- Help employees break emotional ties to their former company
- Build a bond between employee and consultant, who will support them during their job search process
- Enable your internal HR team to focus on business operations rather than diverting time, energy and expertise to assist former employees
How long does an outplacement program last?
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.
Is this support suitable for everyone?
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.
Expert consultants can assist a range of individuals, from recent graduates and award workers to industry specific professionals and senior managers. They work with clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, delivering high volume projects through to one-off redundancies.
There are also specialist services for executives and employees considering retirement.
Is it the same as recruiting or headhunting?
No. Outplacement supports individuals to navigate the employment market and achieve a successful career transition. Recruiters search, identify and hire candidates to fill specific job openings. We do however provide access to HR and recruitment contacts.
How can you get support?
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.
What is the cost to an employee?
Employers provide support to employees as part of of severance package. There is no cost to the employee.