Career Partners International Comments on Recent Article that Discusses Outplacement Assistance for Laid-Off Workers

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Career Partners International, one of the world’s most successful global providers of outplacement services, responds to an article discussing the impact of reduced outplacement assistance for laid-off workers.

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Career Partners International, one of the world’s most successful global providers of outplacement services, comments on an article discussing the reduction in outplacement services for laid-off workers.

An article published by the Wall Street Journal on February 18th titled, “Assistance for Laid-Off Workers Downsized,” discusses the impact of “short, one-size-fits-all outplacement packages.” At a time when competitors are cutting services and focusing on self-service assistance to reduce costs and increase profits, Career Partners International focuses on providing the best one-on-one outplacement support to individuals in career transition.

“Our goal is to bring value to the companies that hire us to provide outplacement services and that means helping their displaced employees achieve their career objectives,” said David P. Hemmer, President and CEO of Career Partners International, one of the world’s largest and most successful global providers of outplacement services. “Our philosophy of personal and individualized one-on-one support is more effective and delivers better outcomes.”

Surveys of outplacement participants indicate that coaching is the most valued aspect of outplacement programs; yet the industry continues to strip programs of personal coaching, replacing it with recordings and web-only services. But these cannot replace the human guidance that is needed to achieve success. To further reduce costs, many in the industry push their career consultants to carry high case loads. Recent reports indicate that career transition consultants advise a client load of anywhere from 100 to 200 participants at a time.

“Each of our career consultants only works with about 30 to 40 individuals at any one time,” commented Elaine Varelas, Chairman of the Board for Career Partners International. “We bring individuals in transition what they want and need the most – personalized coaching. Because we insist on maintaining a low case load, our career consultants are able to build a transition plan tailored to each individual’s needs and execute on that plan by providing the most one-on-one coaching and support for that person to be successful in their transition.”

“In tough economic times, more and more businesses look for ways to reduce costs and publicly-traded outplacement firms are no different,” added Hemmer. “We’re just not willing to sacrifice the most important and effective component in the career transition process – the personalized coaching. Nor will we herd individuals through a process for the sake of the process. As a private organization, we focus on bringing the greatest value to our corporate clients and participants, not shareholders.”

With personalized coaching and excellent global technology resources, users of Career Partners International’s outplacement services connect to job opportunities more efficiently and faster. The average time to land a new role for participants in 2013 was approximately 3 months, almost 6 months faster than the national average in the US*.

"The Career Partners International strategy of providing concentrated one-on-one support for outplaced individuals is a reality that I’ve directly experienced and found invaluable,” commented one senior HR leader in transition from a major global consulting firm. “I work very closely with my personal consultant in the Philadelphia office. She provides outstanding support not only in developing and brainstorming leads and targets, but she’s been instrumental in directly networking and endorsing my experience to key decision-makers at organizations I’m targeting. Based on my experiences with their services, this is indicative of how they handle all of their outplacement participants.”

Career Partners International expects to bring its high-quality, personalized outplacement services to even more locations with continued global growth throughout 2014. The firm experienced tremendous growth in 2013 adding 22 locations throughout Europe, South America, the Middle East, and North America, and has already added 5 locations in 2014.

*US Bureau of Labor Statistics

About Career Partners International

Established in 1987, Career Partners International is one of the world’s largest and most successful global providers of talent management solutions. Organizations of all sizes and industries turn to Career Partners International to successfully assess, engage, develop and transition talent using the expertise of over 1600 highly experienced professionals in the areas of assessment, executive coaching, leader development and outplacement. With more than 220 offices in over 45 countries around the world, Career Partners International assures that its clients have local experts with global reach in talent development, career management, executive coaching, outplacement and career transition services. Additional information can be found by visiting

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