The term outplacement was coined more than 30 years ago by James E. Challenger, the founder of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based career consultancy. Challenger created the concept of outplacement and the initial programmes to implement it.
Outplacement provides job search support to those facing redundancy. It’s practical and emotionally supportive specialist career coaching that will enable your ex-employees to navigate the competitive job market and move into appropriate new employment as soon as possible.
Letting workers go is an unpleasant experience. However, you can take steps to make layoffs as positive an experience as possible. Termination with dignity should always include outplacement services to help workers take a step forward in the next chapter of their careers. Outplacement also enables organisations to focus their energies on business operations rather than divert the sometimes considerable time and energy needed to support leavers and the morale of the retained team.
In addition to helping employees land their next role, offering outplacement support can help organisations reduce costs, protect their employer brand, retain employees and drive productivity among remaining staff, along with other benefits.
Outplacement services can last as long as you need them. Some programs have time limits, ranging from a few months to more extended periods, such as 12 months and are offered at all levels of the organisation, from workers to corporate employees. Ideally, you want the service to continue for at least six months. It is also important that each employee has access to daily contact with the outplacement provider during the course of the programme.
Your outplacement provider should offer:
- Job interview coaching
- Bespoke CV creation
- Job search support
- Social media profile coaching (Including LinkedIn profiles)
- Cover letter writing
- Job application writing
- Ongoing support, consultations, and access to valuable career documentation
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