Changing Outplacement Process: New Methods and Opportunities for Transition Management / Edition 1

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With downsizing, layoffs, and other retrenchment measures afflicting both public and private sectors, outplacement consulting has grown from a minor specialty among human resources (HR) firms and practitioners into an important industry. Meyer and Shadle explore changes that have occurred in the outplacement process—as well as its practice—to provide a clearer understanding of what it is and what it offers organizations and their employees. Clearly written and designed to assist management and their HR professionals, the book provides not only an insight into the meaning of job loss and its devastating impact on workers and the organization, but also a way to help lessen the blow to both.

Among the topics explored here are the seven dimensions of the new careerism, an inclusive definition of outplacement, a complete and objective review and analysis of the elements of the outplacement and career transition process, and a description of the different kinds of assessment typically offered as part of outplacement. It also provides an inside look into this multimillion-dollar industry, its organization and markets, trends, and the industry's burgeoning technology. The authors answer such questions as: Why does one need outplacement counseling? Why do corporations pay for it and how much? How do outplacement firms contact and contract with corporations? How can the outplacement firm provide consultation to downsizing corporations? This book is a well-researched practical resource for all organizations and their employees in this economically difficult decade.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899308906
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN L. MEYER is Professor of Communication at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, where he teaches organizational communication, public speaking, and interviewing.

CAROLYN C. SHADLE is on the faculty of the State University of New York's Empire State College in Syracuse, where she directs a residency-based management degree program for adult learners.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Pt. I The New Careerism 1
1 The Turbulent World of Work 3
2 When the Employee Is Outplaced 19
3 The Ripple Effect 27
Pt. II The New Outplacement Process 41
Stage One: Planning and Preparing 43
4 Contracting for OTR 45
5 Getting Terminated Employees Started 51
6 Accoutrements for People in Transition 63
7 Personal Counseling - What and When 69
Stage Two: Making Decisions 81
8 Assessing the Unemployed Candidate 83
9 Career Decision Making 95
10 Career Pathing 103
Stage Three: Launching the Campaign 113
11 The Marketing Metaphor 115
12 The Resume - A Personal Sales Representative 125
13 Networking: Contacts and Connections, Links and Linkages 131
14 Employment Interviewing 145
Pt. III The OTR Process and Its Industry 169
15 Changes in the OTR Process 171
16 The New OTR Process and the New Careerism 185
17 The New Face of Today's OTR Industry 199
18 Challenges and Responses: Issues and Ethics 225
19 Choosing Wisely: How to Select the Right OTR Service 247
Appendix A: Historical Perspective 265
Appendix B: Chronology of the Outplacement Profession 267
Appendix C: Career Transition Resources 271
Appendix D: Reemployment Act of 1994 275
Selected Bibliography 277
Index 283
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