Recently, we worked with a client laid-off from a Fortune 500 company after more than 12 years of service. Fortunately, her company provided her with a nice severance package, which included a combination of severance pay and brick and mortar outplacement services.
When she contacted us for a professional resume package and LinkedIn networking profile, I asked her about her personal experience with the outplacement company that her company hired to help her with her job search. She explained that she while she liked the continuing education that the service offered; she was disappointed that professional resume writing and LinkedIn optimization services weren’t a part of the package.
After working with her on her resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn, we matched her with a career coach who provided her with valuable tips on how to tap into the hidden job market and network her way to a new job. The customer told us that in the end, she felt that the professional resume writing and career coaching services she received from Career Wizards were more valuable to her than traditional outplacement services because we provided her with the tools she needed to succeed in her job search.
From 2008 to 2011, Career Wizards partnered with an outplacement firm to provide their Fortune clients’ displaced employees with a full arsenal of professionally prepared job search tools such as customized resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, networking tools, and more. Over a 4-year period, our team of certified professional resume writers wrote thousands of career documents for displaced employees across all job functions and industries. These experiences provided us with significant insight into the frustration of these displaced employees as well as how much they really needed these services to help them land a new job in today’s competitive landscape.
An article in the Wall Street Journal titled Outplacement Firms Struggle to Do Job, raised the questions, why are outplacement providers still providing standardized services that workers say offer little value, and why are companies still paying thousands of dollars per employee for broiler plate services? Good question, why are companies still paying an arm and a leg to outplacement firms struggling to get job seekers back to work? So below are a few tips for companies planning layoffs.
If your company is planning a workforce reduction, make sure the outplacement service provider you select is prepared to deliver tangible services that add-value to your displaced employees’ search by opening doors to opportunities that help them accelerate their time to reemployment. In turn, you will protect your company’s employer brand while reducing tax liabilities, potential legal ramifications, and employee severance costs.
At Career Wizards, each customer receives individualized attention and job search services tailored to meet their unique needs. We simply strip away all the fluff of traditional outplacement services and deliver the key ingredients we know displaced employees value most. After all, displaced employees laid-off through no fault of their own deserve a fair chance of landing a new job in this tough economy.
Once more, we’ve made it easier and more that affordable than ever for our client companies to provide outplacement services for their employees. Just give us a call and we’ll tell you how.