Sunday, January 1, 2017

People leave their jobs for many reasons and, regardless of why, they all share a few things in common. Individuals in career transition face uncertainty and challenging circumstances that impact their personal, financial and professional life. These challenges hold true whether you are a CEO and or an administrative staff person. Here are a few of the questions we often hear from clients in transition.

What is Career Transition or "Outplacement"?
Why would a former employer pay for this service?
Why do I need a career transition firm to help with my career search?
Why would I choose Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette?
Are my conversations confidential?
It's hard for me to get to your offices. Are career transition services still practical?
If I already have a resume, do I still need career transition services?
I work in a very specialized industry – can you still help me?
I’m planning to start my own consulting business – can you help me?
I’m not sure what I want to do “when I grow up” – can you help?
I’m thinking of retiring – do career transition programs help with that?
I’m interested in your services but not ready to begin just yet. What are my options?
I have a job lined up already. What good would career transition services do for me now?
I’m planning to relocate – can you help me with a job search in a new location?
What if I am moving internationally – do I still receive my career transition service?
I've received career transition assistance in the past. How will it benefit me to receive it again?
What is the difference between the services offered by a recruiter and those offered by a career transition professional?
What are the advantages of asking my employer to arrange for career transition support?

 

What is Career Transition or "Outplacement"?
Career transition, also referred to as outplacement, is a service provided to a departing employee (usually at the employers cost) to assist with an effective and smooth transition to another job opportunity. While the specifics of career transition programs will vary, they typically include: job counselling, resume development, cover letter assistance, interview training, job search strategies, online networking training, and administrative support.
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Why would a former employer pay for this service?
Most employers care what happens to good employees they can no longer retain. They want exiting employees to do well in the future and to compete successfully in today's market. They know our assistance helps.
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Why do I need a career transition firm to help with my career search?
Career transition services support your search for the right career opportunity, not just any job. A strong career plan requires self-assessment to help identify one’s own long-term goals. A career transition firm should provide the following support.

  • Help identify individual strengths and potential – Clients are offered new perspective and insights into their abilities through tools like Birkman, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and many others, interpreted by a certified consultant.
  • Provide insight into current market trends – Consultants offer insight into market realities as well as the strategies and tactics needed to successfully make your next career move. Do you know how to optimize your resume for key words and digital scanability? They can show you how.
  • Provide support – An empathic hear, wise advice and coaching, combined with administrative support and skill building workshops, provide clients the support they need to make the transition as efficiently as possible.
  • Help you put your best foot forward – Career transition services can objectively assess your performance and provide the feedback required to fine tune your presentation on paper and in person.

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 Why would I choose Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette?
We prepare and match people with best-fit opportunities using best-in-class consulting, assessment and technology. Here are a few reasons to take advantage of our services:

  • Unlimited time commitment – Unlike typical career transition services, we will stay with you and support you until you successfully transition into a new role.
  • Tailored programs – We don’t fit our clients into a standard “off the shelf” programs. Instead, we identify your needs and design a program to fit your goals.
  • Experienced consultants – We have helped thousands of people identify options for the future and successfully make their way through the transition process.
  • Up-to-date search strategy and tools – Not only does this help you target your job search, it will help you prepare for, and be confident in, the new interview styles that are making their way into the job market.
  • Direction on navigating the hidden job market – 80% of all jobs are never posted or advertised. We’ll help you understand how to effectively tap into these opportunities.
  • Unrivaled networking opportunities created through our network of thousands of current and former clients, colleagues and friends.
  • Priority consideration for job opportunities. Our recruitment practice is the largest in Atlantic Canada, placing hundreds of professionals each year, and we ensure that career transition clients are considered for relevant opportunities.
  • Best-in-class career and leadership coaching, through our affiliation with Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge with award winning leadership programs and innovative digital tools.

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Are my conversations confidential?
Absolutely. We are an independent firm and our conversations with you are strictly confidential. We have built our reputation by forging strong relationship with our clients based on trust.
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It's hard for me to get to your offices. Is career transition still practical?
Yes . Our services can be delivered via tele-consulting and other means of technology. We are happy to adapt your program so it is convenient for you.
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If I already have a resume, do I still need career transition services?
Yes, for two reasons. First, many people have resumes but few have great resumes. A great resume stands out from the crowd by bringing to life your skills and accomplishments. Secondly, a resume is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to launching an effective job search. At Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, career transition is about offering you a strategic approach to creating a career plan.
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I work in a very specialized industry – can you still help me?
Yes. Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette consultants have worked with clients in such sectors as finance, insurance, pharmaceutical, not-for-profit, high-tech, retail, agriculture and food, just to name a few. Our consultants have real world experience attained through their own professional backgrounds, which include sales and marketing, human resources, education, general management. Experience aside, the fundamentals of the skills, coaching and advice we offer are valid regardless of field and profession. We will take the time to understand your unique situation and work with you to craft a job search strategy that suits your needs.
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I’m planning to start my own consulting business – can you help me?
Yes.  Entrepreneurial exploration is a part of our career transition service. We will work with you to define your interests and assess your suitability for independent business ventures such as starting or purchasing a business, consulting or even franchising.
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I’m not sure what I want to do “when I grow up” – can you help?
Yes, career review and assessment is a part of our career transition services. Through a series of assessments we will help you review your career path and guide you through the process of developing clear career objectives.
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I’m thinking of retiring – do career transition programs help with that?
Yes. Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette offers a complete retirement planning program. We will help you make the best choice regarding your future career, retirement or a combination of the two based on an evaluation of your interests and values and long term goals.
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I’m interested in your services, but not ready to begin just yet. What are my options?
At Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, we understand that you may need a bit of time before plunging into your job search. We invite you to discuss your situation with your consultant and decide on a start date that is best for you.
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I have a job lined up already. What good would career transition do for me now?
You may want or need to search for a new job down the line. Should you decide to take advantage of the career transition services you are offered now being (which may not be available at another critical time), you will acquire skills you can be put to use later.
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I’m planning to relocate – can you help me with a job search in a new location?
Yes. Through our connections and strategic partnerships, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette’s services extend through over 29 offices across Canada, from St. John’s to Vancouver, all of which are dedicated to helping you succeed in your career goals.
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What if I am moving internationally – do I still receive my career transition service?
Yes, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette is a part of Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, the world's leading talent development and transition company, with more than 300 offices in 60 countries around the world. We have the ability to harness the very best local job-market understanding, ensuring the best possible outcome for you.
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I've received career transition assistance in the past. How will it benefit me to receive it again?
Each search has its own unique challenges brought about by many factors, from your emotional state to the state of the economy. Because the marketplace is never static, the information, contacts, and support you will receive from a career transition consultant will have a positive and lasting impact on your current search.
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What is the difference between the services offered by a recruiter and those offered by career transition professional?
Recruiters select applicant profiles that correspond to a specific position request from a company. Conversely, a career transition professional’s aim is to support a person in building a professional position that corresponds to their aspirations and the employment market, and to facilitate their integration into a new job.
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What are the advantages of asking your employer to arrange for career transition support?
Some organizations will include career transition services as part of an individual’s leaving package. They will either arrange it directly for the individual or allow the individual to spend the allocated money with the career transition provider of their choice.

If you are about to leave your organization, it is important to note that there are important financial advantages to you if your career transition is processed through the company rather than organized separately by you. Career transition provided as a part of your redundancy agreement is tax-free.
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