The broad aim of the outplacement support program is the design and implementation of a job search strategy for a retrenched employee. There can be no guarantees of job search success – but as a minimum, the program will improve the confidence of the individual to prepare and present themselves effectively for a job interview.

The outplacement counsellor is a qualified psychologist who is highly experienced in recruitment and career planning. Each meeting is approximately one and a half hours duration, at the counsellor’s office (Mooroolbark). The program outlined below is to be used as a guide only, the specific goals of each session would be designed and agreed between the individual and their counsellor – individual progress cannot be predicted, sometimes there may be a need to re-visit earlier steps.

The outplacement support program requires the individual to themselves have some access to computer, printing and electronic mail facilities. Sessions are supported with supplied reading material and self-assessment instruments.

The total cost of an outplacement program is capped to an agreed budget up-front. But the following steps are offered as a guide as to the shape and stages of a 5-session program costing around $2,000 + gst ….

Stage 1 Emotional Support & Planning
Retrenchment can be a stressful time, in which it is not unusual for individuals to experience intense emotions such as shock, anger, anxiety and frustration. Before the process of rational forward planning by the individual can occur, there may be a need to work through these emotions. This can often make it easier for the individual to reach a point of acceptance of the circumstances in which they find themselves – and to subsequently commence the process of setting some goals and making some plans for their work future. Personal support network is identified. Short and medium term goals are developed for the job search strategy.

Stage 2 Resume Preparation
Current skills and strengths are identified. The resume is prepared / updated. The letter of reference sought from (past) employer is drafted – in neutral terms, confirming period of employment, duties and contributions. The gathering of evidence to confirm achievements is considered. Avenues for prospective job opportunities discussed, prospective employers identified, plans for resume submission with recruitment agencies.

Stage 3 Career Path Re-Assessment
Change can bring with it opportunity. The individual may like to consider other potential career paths that may be compatible with his skills and interests. Self- auditing of skills, interests and values. If an alternative career path option is identified – crafting a training and development plan for it to be pursued (eg additional qualifications may be required).

Stage 4 Job Interview Preparation & Presentation Skills
Guidance and coaching in job interview preparation … Likely questions to be asked; Studying the job description; Evaluating the organisation. What the interviewer is looking for. How to present at the interview – Rehearsing answers; Coping with nerves; Making a positive first impact, Asking the right questions about the organisation, etc .……

Stage 5 On-Going Evaluation of Job Search Strategy
Support in coping with the disappointment / discouragement from possible unsuccessful interviews – gathering feedback from interviewers; incorporating feedback into improving interview preparation and modifying the job search strategy as necessary……..

You will find further information on interview preparation at our page Interview Coaching