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4 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Remote Outplacement Services
August 16, 2017 by Josh Hrala
For far too long, outplacement has been dominated by traditional firms that require clients to be within a certain geographical range from their offices. Remote outplacement services are here to change all of that.
Before we jump into it, though, we want to provide you this free resource so you can see how much outplacement might cost you (one of the biggest questions company’s have when considering outplacement services):
So, what is the importance of remote outplacement? What does it offer over the traditional service? Well, to help answer those questions, here are 4 reasons why you should consider switching to a remote outplacement services provider:
Location, Location, Location
The first major reason is that remote outplacement services allow clients to receive career support no matter where they live.
Consider this: you have worked in a factory your whole working life. You made good money, had a social support system, and were generally comfortable with your work-life balance.
Then, seemingly out of the blue, it is announced that your company – the biggest in your town – is undergoing a downsizing event and your job is one of those being cut. Now what?
You’re offered outplacement but to get it you need to travel to the nearest major metropolitan city, which costs money and time to travel to.
This is completely unnecessary in today’s world. Thanks to the wide availability of the internet and the rapid advance of platforms that utilize it, virtual outplacement services have never been easier to find or use.
Employees from anywhere can now have the same service that was once pinned only to those in major cities. It’s an equalizer, and that’s important.
Time Is Money
Besides allowing more and more people to use it, remote outplacement services save time, which saves money.
When someone is laid off, they usually get a severance package that contains a lump sum payment, outplacement, and maybe a few other benefits. However, this lump sum has to last until the person is placed in a new job.
So, if they have to spend time going to and from an outplacement provider, they are wasting money that they could be saving. That time can also be used to work a temporary job while the outplacement firm works to find the person the job they truly want.
In short, the flexibility offered by virtual outplacement services allows the employee to live their life without having to fit the service into an already stressful calendar. Instead, the service can be used when needed or at scheduled times that fit perfectly into everyone’s unique routine.
The Job Search Is Online
For those who have had jobs for a long time, it can come as a shock how different the job hunt is today.
A mere decade ago, the job hunt was only starting to come online with some of the more rudimentary job boards. Since then, LinkedIn and other socially-driven job tools have taken over, and they can be quite hard to break into for the uninitiated.
So, what does this have to do with remote outplacement services? Simple: if your outplacement firm isn’t technologically-driven enough to offer virtual outplacement services, they probably aren’t super up-to-date on technology as a whole, which is exactly what you don’t want.
In other words, if the firm doesn’t offer virtual outplacement services, it’s a signal that they might not be up to the challenge of today’s ever-changing workplace.
A Wider Resource Base
Another benefit of remote outplacement assistance is that it offers the client a wider resource pool to learn from.
By using online platforms, firms can showcase a large pool of knowledge that clients can use at their own pace to discover new job opportunities while connecting with business leaders, recruiters, and other employees at various companies.
Not only does this help to increase the chances that the person will be placed in a new, meaningful job, it also helps them for future job hunts as well by shoring up a foundation of knowledge that can be called upon if needed.
The connectivity of the internet has made job hunting an almost social endeavor nowadays. And, like we said above, those looking for jobs in certain locations may find making these connection more difficult than those in large cities, making an even greater case for virtual platforms.
Interested in learning more about remote outplacement services? Check out our complimentary buyer’s guide here:
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