What does Outplacement Support and Career Transition Coaching actually Involve?

What does Outplacement Support and Career Transition Coaching actually Involve?

What does Outplacement Support and Career Transition Coaching actually Involve?

One of the most tragic consequences of an economic downturn, merger and acquisition, or restructure, is often the displacement of employees.  Redundancy can have a devastating impact on the lives of whole families and even communities.  It can cause shock, blame, anger, and a loss of confidence in the employee.  As a result, organizations frequently offer Outplacement and Career Transition Support  to those who are losing their jobs. 

For almost 20 years I have been supporting many employees in a positive way as they have left roles across a wide range of industries and public sector organizations; I've also provided pro bono Career Transition Coaching for retiring or injured athletes and military personnel.  Career and Transition support is definitely one of the most rewarding facets of my role.  Despite the many challenges, there are so many positives, such as 97% of these individuals have found an improved position elsewhere, the majority within 2 months; the remaining 2% have found a new role within 6 months, and 1% started their own successful business.  Despite the thousands of unfilled job vacancies and the skills shortage, sadly, as companies look to cut costs, workers are still being made redundant, in particular the over 50s.  Frequently job hunters ask me what Outplacement and Career Transition Support actually involves, so here’s an reminder of what Outplacement and Career Transition Coaching may include:

The Transition:

  • How to leave your current organization on good terms.  You never know, there may come a time when another opportunity arises with the employer you are leaving and you don’t want to have burnt your bridges in a fit of anger, blame or upset!
  • Planning for the future: this can involve seeking independent financial and pension advice, reviewing all your finances and household expenditure
  • Identifying what you really want to do with the rest of your life, having a personal vision, as well as a career vision
  • Setting some short-term SMART goals to create structure and routine into your daily life and diarising actions regarding your job search
  • Identifying any limiting beliefs and obstacles to success
  • Identifying where you sit on the Change Curve and learning tools and techniques to cope with the changes
  • Dealing with your Inner Critic  and any Imposter Syndrome
  • Developing Resilience
  • Practising tools and techniques to cope with the uncertainty, pressure and stress  of redundancy
  • Applying for jobs and being interviewed remotely

Career Evaluation:

  • Completing Assessments of your Leadership and Management Skills and Competencies to identify your key strengths and any potential areas to develop
  • Completing Personality Questionnaires to identify your personality type and how you are likely to behave in a particular role
  • Identifying your key Career Achievements to include on your CV and to boost your confidence
  • Establishing what motivates and drives you, in order to align your job search with your values
  • Reviewing your salary expectations


  • Exploring whether you want a permanent, interim, contract or Consultancy role, or even whether it’s time to 'hang up your boots' and take early retirement
  • Where you are most likely to find your ideal job: via Head Hunters, Recruitment Agencies, Job Boards, LinkedIn, Networking 

Lifestyle Decisions:

  • Creating a Work/life Balance: identifying the deal breakers ahead of applying for any roles, such as location or extent of travel involved
  • Considering whether you want to continue to work remotely
  • Personal Development: online courses, part-time or full-time study

CV Assessment and Design:

  • Ensuring a professional, up to date format which ‘sells’ your key achievements
  • Updating and promoting your LinkedIn Profile

The Interview:

Creating an Ongoing SMART Action Plan

  • Creating medium and long-term goals
  • Ensuring ongoing Personal Development

Outplacement and Career Transition Support is provided completely confidentially via video conference.  Each one or two hour session is conducted in a relaxed and informal way, however there is an emphasis on professionalism and completing tasks before the next session.  There is plenty of opportunity to ask many questions and deal with any specific problem areas.  The key objective is to ensure you do not feel alone in your situation and that you are well supported to find a new role.

'Having been made to feel that I was on the scrap heap, I had zero confidence to apply for a new role!  You've metaphorically held my hand every step of this rocky path and helped me to build back my self-belief.  I thought it was pointless aiming for my dream job during a global pandemic and recession, but thanks to you we made it and I start my new career path after a few weeks off!'  C-suite Executive

'When I was laid off I was told to sign up with an Outplacement Coach for a year. I had no idea what to expect and how expensive it would be, so thank you for your honesty and integrity.  You told me to take each day and support session at a time and not to commit to any packages of support as I'd probably get a new role very quickly.  I didn't beleive you, but you were right!  3 months on thanks to your help I'm starting my new management role on 1st March!'

About Jill Maidment

If you would like to know more about this topic or to book any of the following, please contact me:

Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Career and Transition Coaching, Business Coaching, Resilience Coaching, Life Coaching Retreats

Leadership Training, High Performance Leadership Development, Management Training, Leadership and Management Team Development, Facilitated Offsites and Strategic Away Days, Group/Team Coaching 

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