Career transition firms pursue strategic business partner status

By Karen Calder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/28/2005

Career transition services of the 21st century face a challenge. They must adjust to meet the ever-changing needs of employers while still retaining a much needed focus on high-touch service.

In the past, outplacement programs focused on counselling and the mechanics of a job search, such as resume writing and interviewing. These services continue to be core components. But career transition firms need to be more than just service providers. To meet changing business needs they need to align as strategic business partners with organizations and HR departments.

Career transition services must empower individuals to look at all career options — be it a new job, a new career, entrepreneurship or contract. They need to prepare individuals for retirement and help them develop a mindset to cope with never-ending change.