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How To Engage and Get Involved While In Outplacement


Have you recently been downsized, outsized, right sized, released, or whacked from your current position?  If so, joining the ranks of the unemployed is an emotionally charged experience.

“For many people a job is more than an income-it’s an important part of who we are. So a career transition of any sort is one of the most unsettling experiences you can face in your life” - Paul Clitheroe.  

It is important to allow yourself time to acknowledge the emotions due to loss of position, status, co-workers, salary, and to process the details surrounding the event.  Set a reasonable time frame to move through the process and then take charge…..get back involved in life and your job search.

Consider the various ways to get involved that may turn your job loss into a new opportunity in the form of a new career or position, enhanced skills and experience, or a greater sense of fulfillment. At The Frontier Group we coach our Atlanta outplacement and career coaching clients to do the following:


Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house, make new contacts, learn a new skill and feel better about your own self-worth. I landed my current position when I stepped up my volunteer work following my own personal job loss. Volunteer roles can also be added to your resume to fill in the time gap between positions.

Shadow Experience/Unpaid Internship.

This is great way to gain inside information regarding transitioning into a new career, occupation, or learning about a target company or industry. Like volunteer roles, these experiences can also be included on your resume. 

Professional, Industry, Alumni Organizations.

These organizations provide opportunities to network with like professionals, build skills through seminars and educational offerings, and expand your leadership capabilities through assuming various roles. Participation in professional associations shows potential employers that you are focused on staying current within your profession and industry.


Seek out ways to share your skills and experience with others. Opportunities can be found through local small business associations, chamber of commerce sub groups, community action projects, etc.


If you find yourself out of work for the first time in 20, 10, or even 5 years, chances are you need to evaluate your training and certifications to ensure your skills are up to date with industry requirements. Research job postings in your specific industry to identify current requirements, qualifications, and preferred skills.  Invest in the required training, webinars, and certification programs to stay current in today’s market.

Create Your Social Media Presence.  

Now is the perfect time to develop and perfect your personal brand through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or creation of your own web site. Increasing your social media presence is a critical element in today’s job market.

Interviewers will most likely ask or question what you have been doing since your position ended.  Staying involved will demonstrate your commitment in preparing for your next opportunity.