Outplacement support - what makes a provider stand out?

With redundancy and redeployment featuring heavily on Linkedin feeds at the moment it's worth considering the benefits of good outplacement support and what sets these providers apart

Frequently we think of outplacement as help with CV's and interview techniques.   Whilst this should be provided as standard with any package, there are other vital elements to the package, that Mint HR Solutions have designed our services around.

  1. Remaining up to date with current job search methods
  2. Helping the individual to move on both physically and mentally
  3. Helping to build confidence in an individual
  4. Being flexible to the needs of the individual

Sometimes, identifying a provider can be a bit of an after thought or a tick box exercise but if done well, choosing the right provider can make a huge difference.

1. Remaining up to date with current job search methods

A good career coach should ensure that they are constantly up to date on the latest methods for job searches.  With employers and recruiters now using social media as standard to advertise jobs, research candidates and attract new talent it is essential that any outplacement provider has an in-depth knowledge of these methods as well as the latest selection techniques.

2. Helping the individual to move on both physically and mentally

Being made redundant is one of the most stressful situations an individual can face.  In some situations they will be working a notice period and whilst it's difficult to avoid a level of negativity during these difficult periods, a good outplacement coach will provide support not only with helping them to find a new role but also in helping them to move on mentally.  This not only benefits the individual but also the Company as it shows the staff that are staying that their colleagues are being treated fairly and are accepting the change.

3. Helping to build confidence in an individual

Often redundancy brings with it a crisis of confidence, especially in employees with a long period of service.  Outplacement support should include coaching on building confidence to enable someone to use the opportunity to re-evaluate their career goals, perform to the best of their ability at interviews and to ensure that the transition to their new role goes as smoothly as possible and they are excited about the challenges ahead.

4. Being flexible to the needs of the individual

Each individual will have different needs and abilities and a good outplacement support coach will be able to provide support in all areas.  Some will be looking for a new role, others might want to start their own business or go freelance.  Some will need extra support getting to grips with technology and others might really struggle to sell their skills at interview.