How Should IT Leaders Use Outplacement Services?
Damn, you’ve been released. It really doesn’t matter the reason why – just the fact that (your ex) employer decides that they can get along without your service can really sting. However, before the door swings closed behind you for the last time, the ball is still in your court and you need to know what to do with it.
As IT Leaders, we are a group of people who are quite arrogant. A recent survey by global outsourcing company Right Management found that seven out of 10 job seekers think they know exactly what they need to do to get their next job. However, once they went through the placement service, that number dropped to two.
In most companies, when layoffs are swept and you are trapped in them, you will be offered the services of an outplacement company. Many of us poop because of this for one reason or another we think it won’t help us. That’s where you are wrong.
If you find yourself in this position, this is what you need to do to maximize the placement services that have been offered to you:
Don’t Drag Your Feet:
You have been released, forgotten, and don’t delay in starting to use your placement service. The longer you wait, the more competition you will face.
Choose Your Consultant Carefully:
You can always ask to meet with different consultants, so make sure what you have is right for you. Consider things like your track record, background, experience in your industry, and of course their current workload.
Do your homework:
You may be asked to complete personality tests and career assignments. Do them! It’s time for you to make sure that the next job you get is really right for you.
Outplacement companies may offer various types of classes, workshops, seminars, and networking events. This is your best chance to find out if anything has changed and whether your current type of work is in different parts of the company.
Don’t Work Remotely:
Although in this day and age it is possible to work with your advisor online, try not to do it. Instead, go to the office and meet them in person. This will help build a stronger relationship with them and who knows what you will meet with other professionals there.
Nothing can make the initial pain because being released from your IT job is not too painful. However, like many things in life, the pain fades with time. You must make sure that you immediately move out of the bat so that when your pain fades, you are in your next job.