What is Outplacement?
2020 is a year that has seen us all have to get used to working and living in very different ways. It has also been a year of new words entering our vocabulary and becoming common place. While lockdown, social distancing, bubbles and furlough were terms which simply did not form part of our daily conversation pre-COVID, Outplacement did exist but unless you have been at risk of redundancy or are currently facing losing your job it is one you are unlikely to have come across. Searching for a new job can be one of the most stressful and challenging things that we do. Developments in technology and the digital world means that job seeking is possibly very different from when you last looked for a new role and Outplacement services can help with this.
HR professionals and careers coaches will be familiar with and understand what is meant by Outplacement and Careers Transition services – for the rest of us what follows is a step by step guide explaining what Outplacement is and why your employer may engage with an Outplacement provider and offer you support:
What do we mean by Outplacement?
Outplacement is about supporting employees to move forward in their job search and career transition
Outplacement services can be accessed directly by individuals going to a provider themselves or more typically are part of a redundancy consultation/strategy and offered to affected employees by their employer (with the employer meeting the cost)
The level of service and support is usually determined by the needs of the people affected but will also be dependent on the budget available
Some providers have an ‘off the shelf’ range of services that can be purchased – others (like Next Steps ResourceBank) have both a range of services or design bespoke and individual services based on the brief they receive from their client
What can be included?
Understanding the current job market
How to navigate the online job boards and develop job search techniques
Developing and using your network
Getting the most out of recruitment agencies
Using social media techniques
How to market yourself
CV writing/hints and tips
Covering letters and application forms
Building and managing your online presence (LinkedIn and social media)
Preparing for interview – telephone, virtual and face to face
Types of interview questions – competency, behavioural etc
Interview do’s and don’ts/hints and tips
After the interview – feedback and follow up
One to one careers coaching
Receive personalised guidance and support
Identify sectors and roles where your skills are transferable
Identifying your preferred style and way of working
Setting realistic career goals
Develop action plans
A good Outplacement consultant will understand the needs of the clients they are working with and will be able to flex their support to your personal situation. Sometimes Outplacement is delivered in a workshop format but again a good consultant will be able to engage with those attending to ensure that the content is relevant to their situations.
At Next Steps Outplacement we pride ourselves on understanding the needs of our clients and delivering a personal service alongside a number of our consultants having previously worked as recruitment specialists which sets us apart from most providers and gives you a current and up to the minute insight into the jobs market.
Anna Brett works for our partner ResourceBank, and is a key consultant for Next Steps Outplacement service which provides outplacement and careers transition services.