Outplacement Companies and What to Look For
With so many Executive Outplacement Companies in the market, it is worth knowing what to look for when choosing one. A good company will provide tailored support to individuals by completing a thorough ‘Fact Find’ on their background, current position and future aspirations. They will then use their market knowledge to deliver a practical and effective career plan, which will deliver key milestones in the back to work process.
Executive Outplacement should focus on the client’s skills, motivations and experience and enable them to make informed decisions on which career path they want to take. By empowering the client, the Executive Outplacement Consultant is improving client confidence whilst preparing them for the rigors of the career change or transition process, including high-pressure interviews.
Meetings should be scheduled and reviewed on a regular basis and it is important that an Executive Outplacement Consultant monitors progress and adjusts their support accordingly.
How to Proceed
When choosing an Executive Outplacement Company, a client should make sure they have researched the various offerings out there. Each company will have their own niche and it is advisable to get three different quotes from three different companies, and assess which is the best fit for the client’s needs. Many companies offer an initial free meeting so that the client can see who they are dealing with and meet them face-to-face to discuss any particular concerns or questions before making a final decision on which company to work with.
Once the Outplacement provider is selected, it is recommended that clients ensure they have a number of face-to-face meetings over the period of support (which can be typically 3-6 months in length), have one dedicated Career Consultant and are able to keep in touch with that consultant through email or telephone on a regular basis if needed.