Provide Career Assistance?
every organisation nowadays finds itself in situations
where due to internal reorganisations, mergers, acquisitions
or cost reduction initiatives that there is a requirement
to reduce staff numbers. This often means letting go of
staff who have had long service but no longer have the
appropriate skills for today's business challenges. For
the individuals concerned whether they are at board level
or lower down the hierarchy, the personal trauma experienced
is equally dramatic. The side-effects which redundancy
exercises have on the staff who are staying can be equally
unsettling. In addition to concern for their colleagues
who are leaving they wonder - will it be my turn next and how will I be treated?
employers usually seek to provide support for staff who
are leaving by offering career coaching support (sometimes
known as outplacement) on an individual or a group basis.
The knock-on effect of this on staff who remain is to
put the company in a good light and to ease their concerns
for their colleagues. There is a hidden message too, which
is, should the worst happen to them in the future, then
they will probably receive similar support and guidance.
an employee facing redundancy (or sometimes it is the
square peg in the round hole syndrome) this is often the
first time that the individual has ever spent time reviewing
his/her career direction.
assist with the job search process, King
Associates can offer a choice
of Job Search programmes.
Job Search Programmes
but not necessarily, these programmes are provided for
individuals operating at senior management or board level.
After the introductory meeting, each following session
is structured to meet an individual's personal requirements.
example, one client needed to produce two business plans
for prospective employers to project the fee income he
felt he could generate. We worked on the plans together
and he was offered both jobs, one of which he accepted.
Another person was interested in business start-ups and
another in franchising. A further client was keen to improve
his interview techniques. He found the mock interview
and subsequent video playback together with one to one
coaching an invaluable experience.
possible, coaching sessions take place away from the distractions
of the workplace, the aim being for the client to receive
undivided attention and to be able to relax and concentrate.
Between sessions, telephone support is provided. Much
attention is given to producing a concise, achievement
oriented CV which then becomes the client's marketing
document. Alternatively, the person may wish to concentrate
on running a business or on other career or retirement
options. The sessions are customised to meet the client's
Does an Individual Programme Cost?
basic programme consists of 15 customised career coaching
sessions for £3,000 + VAT. Fifty percent of the
cost of the basic programme is payable on commencement
of the programme, with the remaining 50% due after one
month or on completion of the programme if earlier. In
the event that additional coaching hours are required,
these can be provided based pro-rata on our normal Consultancy
Fee rate of £1,400 per day (£200 per hour).
from some Individual Evaluation Forms
aspects of the programme did you find most valuable?
what went wrong in my previous job, finding out what type
of environment and features of a new job I should be seeking,
changes to my c.v".
of personal characteristics". "Production of modern c.v."
you now feel you have a better understanding of your skills
and achievements than before the programme?
a greater awareness of my skills and achievements".
- the programme put it all into perspective, something
I had lost sight of".
the interviews brought forward aspects of my career which
previously I would have overlooked".
you have a better understanding now of what you want to
do in the future and how to go about it?
always knew that a job/career was important to me, I still
need to find my 'niche' and I think the programme has
ordered these priorities for me".
what I want to do, but when that is decided I certainly
know how to go about it".
you feel more confident to undertake the job search process
than you did before?
the Job Search Book with regard to producing letters was
I feel there are more possibilities". "Definitely, yes".
you get what you wanted and expected from the sessions?
particularly in regard to setting out to obtain new employment
after a long spell with one employer".
you recommend this programme for colleagues in a similar
the help from Gill King was most valuable, and I have
acknowledged this in a letter to her".
you have any further comments to add?
very much enjoyed the sessions and for me it was encouraging
just to discuss what had come before and to realise why
it had, and that it was only a 'blip' in the long run.
I feel as though I am able to start with a clean slate".
to one coaching enabled me to make the quickest possible
progress through the syllabus".
employers prefer to offer group sessions for employees
who are facing redundancy or have lost their jobs. Job
Search Seminars can either be organised in-house - if
you have suitable accommodation or off-site in an hotel
or other venue if more appropriate or convenient. (It
is perhaps worth noting that some delegates have commented
that they were unhappy about going back into their previous
work environment when they no longer belonged there.)
Search Seminars last for three days and are very intensive
and highly participative. To enable individuals to receive
'one to one' attention for the preparation of CVs and
video interview practice, group sizes are limited to a
maximum of six participants.
Programme includes the following highlights and there
is homework too
Off Steam (sharing feelings and getting rid of negative
with the Redundancy Issue
for familiarisation with job market and job search
individual CVs based on achievements at work
of Marketing Yourself
the job market
Letters and Reference Letters
"Tell Me About Yourself"
role play interviews on video
back individual videos to the group to review and
share learning points
delegate receives a personal copy of a book on job search
methods and a course manual. A full range of handouts
and materials are distributed at various stages during
the seminar. We also handle all the pre-course joining
At the end of a Seminar, each delegate will have produced
an effective and personalised CV which they can immediately
each Seminar, telephone support is made available to deal
with concerns and queries that delegates may have when
applying for jobs, also advice on negotiating and handling
job offers. After six months, a follow-up questionnaire
is issued and further help is sometimes requested at this
stage. This is provided at no extra charge to you
the sponsoring employer. With the delegate's permission,
copies of these follow-up forms are sent to you for feedback.
from some Evaluation Forms at the end of the Job Search
aspects of the programme did you find most valuable?
the support and Consultant's expertise to reassess my
career/skills/cv and approach towards interviews".
my confidence and self-esteem which took a major dive
following my redundancy". "Handling the 'Tell Me About
my cv, refreshing my interview and job-hunting skills
and discussing my career prospects". "Self-assessment
and video role play for interviewing".
was marvellous as a counsellor/advisor. I would say it
has been one of the most enjoyable programmes I have attended".
attending the programme, I gained my confidence back after
feeling the loss of the job".
course was excellent and I feel that it will help me to
find a good job".
the course extremely helpful. Tutor put over her knowledge
and extensive experience brilliantly. Had complete confidence
in the tutoring".
day Job Search Seminars (maximum 6 attendees) £6,000
+ VAT including documentation, joining instructions, follow-ups,
(excluding any venue or accommodation costs, cost of lunches
individuals to maximise their skills and job opportunities.