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OUTPLACEMENT SERVICES: Ten Tips to Identify a Good Firm

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012

Outplacement Services have been around since the 1960’s and as in any industry, there are good and not so good…Certainly outplacement services have been used a LOT during this Great Recession and  the experiences vary quite a bit according to this article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled “Outplacement Firms Struggle to Do the Job”.


Hispanic Woman talking with studentsAfter reading this article there seems to be some responsibility on both sides that could improve the results of outplacement. TRACKING could be one of them. Perhaps companies could track how many were offered outplacement, how many went through the programs and how many got jobs and how long it took would seem to be some basic metrics. If the outplacement firms did the same tracking, then they would have some good statistics in their sales arsenal. As the article mentioned one outplacement firm was developing software to do the tracking.

It may be unrealistic for any training program involving a group especially a large group to be customized to each and every specific individual, whether it is learning MS Word, Sales Training or Outplacement Services. The cost would be prohibitive and the implementation more difficult. Having said that, if the program contained several elements of learning that could accommodate different learning styles, then that would certainly improve the experience of the people going through them.

The final thought on outplacement servicesI want to leave you with is….do they have an option in their program for those who may not want to return to corporate America…but want to pursue a new path??? Does the company offer any type of PLAN B???


Free Checklist: 10 Tips to Identify a Good Outplacement Program/Firm

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