services are sometimes provided as part of a severance package. Outplacement generally consists of a variety
of transition and job search support services over a limited period of time,
provided by a dedicated firm that is contracted and paid by the former
employer. Two of the largest U.S.
outplacement firms are Lee Hecht Harrison and Right Management.
what to expect of an outplacement firm will help you get the most from this
resource. Contact the outplacement firm
as soon as possible after separation and inquire about:
Length of support – when does support begin and how long does it
Type of support – will you receive
one-on-one counseling and how often? Will
you have access to office space, equipment and administrative support during
Job Search – what kind of job search education and tools are
provided? Are any resources available
on-line? What marketing materials advice
is given (resume, cover letters, websites, social media, etc.)? What type of resume writing or critique is
available? How will you be prepared for
Networking and Support Groups – what job openings and networking contacts
are provided? Are structured job search
support groups formed and maintained?
you know the parameters of your outplacement services follow these tips to get
the most out of the service:
Start when you’re ready – if you don’t feel ready to jump into job
search immediately, determine what triggers the start of services so you can
make the most of the term of service.
Take full advantage of everything offered – an outplacement counselor can help you
learn about new job search trends, connect you with local companies and provide
Be open and active – participate in group sessions and be
willing to share your contacts, success (or setback) stories; group interaction
can help ease you through the transition and expand your network.
Contact Alumni Career
Services – even if you’re working with an outplacement firm, we can augment
their advice as well as provide additional support.