Fear of the unknown

While the flood of new candidates knocking on our doors to gain wisdom, knowledge and of course a new job has slowed since the height of the recession there are still a regular trickle of new people arriving at the office seeking our services. The most common situation I see is the initial fear of the unknown from those who have never been through the outplacement process before.

So for those of you who have never been there this is what it is all about:

  • Outplacement counselors are not cannibals, for the most part we are normal human beings trying to help people move from one stage of their working career to the next. Like all people we have our quirks and different ways of doing things and like doctors not all of us have a great ‘bedside’ manner but we try hard to put people at their ease and in a positive frame of mind to move forward.
  • Very few Outplacement Consultants are also recruiters and our goal is to teach you how to find your next role rather than to find it for you. The closest analogy I can think of is “Give a man a fish and you feed him for one meal, teach a man to fish and he can feed himself forever”. In this case we are teaching you not only for today’s search but also to help you be prepared for anything similar that happens in the future.
  • Most programs are driven by available time any money but in essence the basics of any program should include; Identifying career pathway, building and developing supporting materials (resume, bio, business cards, etc.), creating electronic and manual networking structure, utilizing electronic and traditional search tools, interview practice, contract and negotiation tips and tactics and social media training if applicable.
  • We are here to provide structure and support along with help and guidance towards achieving your next goal. In the world of job search having a structure around the search is one of the most important facets. Many many clients tell me that the greatest value to our working together was the accountability imposed and the ear that was provided. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at bsimpson@virtualjobcoach.com

Good hunting


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