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Life can turn upside down when you are made redundant. With outplacement you are guided to a new role by an external advisor or job coach. The 10 tips below help you get more from your outplacement pathway.
You should think about starting outplacement soon after being made redundant. Redundancy is an emotional time. You say your goodbyes, you go through a period of processing, and you need to take time before embarking on the next step in your career. Give yourself space and time, and accept guidance from an outplacement coach through the difficult process. In the early stages, you and your coach can do a lot of work behind the scenes to decide what your next career step could be: reflecting on your qualities and talents, thinking about the lessons learned for your next challenge, … This will help with your self-assurance and preparedness when you start looking for jobs further down the outplacement pathway.
Go for a senior outplacement coach who combines business and coaching experience with a sound knowledge of the labour market and the latest trends. It is extremely important to find a coach with whom you have a good personal rapport and who advises and mentors you with plenty of feedback and leverage. For sufficient insight and to be adequately challenged, it is vital that you be prepared to lay yourself open during the outplacement process. Choose someone who stimulates your interest.
There may be several (structural, economic, personal) reasons for a redundancy. In networking and interview situations it is vital to be able to explain the loss of your job briefly and concisely, without sounding emotional, and, ideally, with a link to your professional future. Spend time with your outplacement coach discovering how to put this into words.
An outplacement process is the best time to stop and think about yourself. A realistic analysis of your talents, competencies, potential, values and drivers will show you how to take a broader view of your future options. Your coach will help you identify your 'blind spots' and 'energy drainers', as well as lessons learned from previous experience. This will undoubtedly help you go for the job and environment that suits you best and help set you up in long-term employment.
Are you looking for a similar job, and will you stay in the same industry? Might you even consider working for yourself? Run through the ideas with your outplacement coach, who will offer constructive criticism and, if needs be, challenge your assumptions. It is also important for anyone who is considering a change of role and/or industry to identify clearly those skills that are easily transferable to other roles or industries.
To position yourself correctly in the labour market and strengthen your hand in salary negotiations it is important to know your market value. On your outplacement pathway you will learn how to use tools such as Hudson's salary benchmarks.
Arrange introduction interviews with selection bureaus and head hunters, and use job alerts to keep you up to date with the latest vacancies. But know too that there is a large, hidden jobs market, which won't come into view until you probe your own network. Your coach's network may also be of help to you. Outplacement experts can help you by joining forces with you to consider your personal branding and setting up a dialogue with your first or second-line network.
Equip yourself with a good “Elevator Pitch”. An Elevator Pitch allows you to present yourself in a brief but powerful way and to outline the added value you have to offer. A good Elevator Pitch reinforces your standing in any selection or networking situation. Make sure that you have an attractive CV and LinkedIn profile, and remember to keep things consistent.
Keep your crucial criteria at top of mind when making a decision, and do not leap at the first opportunity. Go for job elements that allow you to use and develop your talents to the full and that allow you to flourish in a context to which you are ideally suited. Your outplacement coach can give you feedback in this area. Stick to the parameters that you see as essential, and give your next job every chance of being a long-term position.
When starting a new job or joining a new work environment you can stay in touch with your outplacement coach and make use of the introduction coaching. With your coach you can discuss new challenges, tackle problems and touch on delicate subjects in a confidential setting.
Collective redundancy, individual redundancy, redundancy through restructuring… When an employee is made redundant a period of uncertainty always sets in. What now? Outplacement (the process by which an outplacement agency delivers career coaching) helps employees get their careers up and running again quickly.
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