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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?

This week the UK saw thousands of jobs cut as the major negative impact of Covid-19 on the UK economy continues to hit hard.  Sadly many more redundancies are predicted when the governments furlough scheme is reduced, a likely second wave of the virus strikes, and the UK potentially enters in to a hard Brexit.  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 17 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 Development support for retiring or injured athletes and military personnel.  The positives are that 97% of these indivduals have found an improved position elsewhere, the majority within 2 months; the remaining 2% found a new role within 6 months, and 1% started their own successful business.  In the current crisis I am able to provide an empathetic and positive influence during challenging times whilst delivering daily Outplacement and Career Transition Support to organizations.  Frequently job hunters are asking me what the support actually involves, so here’s an overview 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 in to 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 Developing Resilience
  • Practising tools and techniques to cope with the uncertainty, pressure and stress  of redundancy
  • Applying for jobs and being interviewed during lockdown

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

Options:

  • 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.

Good luck and stay safe!

About Jill Maidment

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


Training:
Leadership Training, High Performance Leadership Development, Management Training, Leadership and Management Team Development, Board Facilitation, Coaching Academy


Assessment:
Executive Assessment, 360 Feedback, Face to Face 360 Feedback, Talent Management and Succession Planning