Outplacement Services are job / career guidance services offered to employees who are or have been made redundant by their current employer either through one of the following methods:
- Voluntary Redundancy
- Compulsory Redundancy
Voluntary Redundancy is where your organisation requires existing staff to consider leaving / encourages them to leave the organisation because of over-staffing, downturn or closure of a specific department or project. It is usually offered to a specific cohort of people.
Compulsory Redundancy is where your organisation forces existing staff to leave the organisation because of organizational or departmental closure. It is offered to all affected employees.
Whether the redundancy is voluntary or compulsory in nature, many organisations today are helping people transition from losing their job to securing a new job. Either through a ‘Redundancy Package’ or as a separate entity, they hire the services of an Outplacement Services Organisation to help the effected employees secure a new job as soon as possible. The services can be provided in group formats or one to one or as a combination of both; however, the latter is more preferable, with a lot of emphasis on one to one, because in this way services provided are tailored for the employee’s specific needs and requirements.
The Outplacement Organization’s services usually include some or all of the following job / career supports:
- Handling the trauma of being made redundant i.e., losing their job
- Analysing where the employee has been, where they are now and where they want to be
- Identifying an ideal, realistic job / career field or area of interest and passion
- Choosing no more than three job titles in this specific job / career field or area of interest and passion
- Developing the following;
- Tailored Cover Letter / Letter of Application i.e., for jobs that you wish to apply for directly to an organisation
- Tailored Résumé / CV i.e., for jobs that you wish to apply for directly to an organisation
- Generic CV i.e., for Recruitment Agencies
- Target Letters i.e., proactive job hunting
- Job Hunting Skills
- Completion of Competency-based Application Forms
- Competency-based Interviews
- General Interviews
- Follow-up support and help until a job is secured