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Understanding Outplacement


Understanding Outplacement

Franklin Buchanan |

Downsizing. Rightsizing. Decruited. Redirected, reshuffled, selected out. “Outplacement” might sound like one more fancy way of saying “you’re fired” if you’re going through a job loss – but that isn’t the case. In fact, outplacement services are meant to help you smoothly transition into your next role.

So, What is Outplacement?

As frustrating as being fired is, no one likes to do the firing, either – especially when companies are forced to let some of their best employees go. But offering outplacement services – or hiring a third-party company to do so – can help both parties navigate this rough transition.

Outplacement is a service that helps a terminated employee with the transition to a new job, which can include resume writing, job search assistance, and job coaching. It can also include market analysis, mock interviews, and salary negotiation advice – whatever the employee needs to land and succeed in their next job as quickly as possible. Outplacement programs can also bolster companies’ reputations by sending the message that they care about their employees, even after they’re no longer on those companies’ payrolls. Many employees feel angry and cheated when they are fired, but giving them the resources they need to quickly find another job mitigates the risk of extended unemployment benefits or a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Choosing an Outplacement Provider

While some large companies offer in-house outplacement services through their HR departments, most businesses typically hire outside providers to help their employees navigate the job search process. Hiring a neutral third party can be beneficial for getting an outside perspective and for acting as a mediator when emotions are running high.

With a brand reputation and employee relations at stake, not just any outplacement service will do. Look for outplacement providers who offer:

  • Personalized Experiences: Career coaching services and solutions that are tailored to individual employees’ experiences and goals tend to yield the best results and satisfaction ratings.
  • Coaching Credentials: Just like you wouldn’t hire an employee who has no demonstrated knowledge of their field, you probably shouldn’t hire a career coach without a certification.
  • A Strong Track Record: The outplacement provider should have a strong track record of helping employees effectively and efficiently transition into their next roles.

Post Up Careers doesn’t just work with individuals. Our CEO and Certified Professional Career Coach Franklin Buchanan also offers outplacement services for businesses that want to see their employees succeed, even after they’ve left the company. He’ll work with each person one-on-one to help them plan their next steps, write a custom resume, and respond confidently in job interviews. Contact Post Up Careers here for more information.

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