how to choose a good outplacement partner

what's the best way to choose a good outplacement partner?

When choosing, take a look at these five criteria

  1. How outplacement agencies position themselves on the market is the first of the selection criteria you will want to consider. One agency may focus mainly on guiding more senior profiles, while others specialise in collective guidance. As the market leader in outplacement, RiseSmart concentrates on the whole employment market, so we have experience in helping jobseekers across the board. 
  2. Take a look at the content of what’s being offered: what does the guidance process include? Is there any methodology behind it? What resources is the individual given? Can participants use the agency infrastructure? To what extent is personalised possible? 
  3. The ease of access and local location of the outplacement partner may also play a role. Are the sessions held somewhere fairly local, or does the candidate have to travel to get there? Does your outplacement partner provide a virtual platform for on-line meetings, webinars, e-learning, access to information resources and jobs ?  
  4. Price is certainly one consideration, but don’t forget to think about quality. You can expect to see a solid approach from a Certo-certified partner. Figures also tell you something about the quality of the programme. For example, ask about the success rate of the solutions offered, as well as the proportion of satisfied clients or the percentage of candidates who managed to find a new job within the period of their programme, or ask for a reference. 
  5. Is the outplacement partner prepared to deploy the right coach? This is important, because there needs to be a ‘click’ on all levels, both between the employee and coach, as well as between company and coach. 

(*) Certo: certificate from VDAB and the professional association, Federgon, awarded to outplacement agencies in the context of collective redundancies 

A good outplacement partner facilitates and encourages the candidate to take control of his or her career.

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