Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding Career Transition

During this difficult time you are experiencing a range of normal feelings and emotions. It is challenging to sort out these feelings and issues of termination and future career plans. There are some questions that might be running through your mind. We have included responses to our most sought after questions reguarding career transition below. 

I have already been contacted by several recruiters, do I need outplacement?

At Career Development Partners we believe you need a trusted advisor to help you during this important transition. There is a place for recruiters in your job search, but honestly they work for the company. You need someone on your side to give you candid feedback on your search progress.

I am old enough to retire, why should I use outplacement?

None of us can predict the future. What happens in the future if you find that you want, or need, to return to work, will you be prepared? Career Development Partners also has a very robust preretirement program that can ensure that you are truly ready.

I have already created my resume, what more can you do for me?

Outplacement is more than a resume service. Of course, we will help you develop the resume you need for an effective job search. In addition, we will assist you in defining your most marketable skills, identifying career direction, understanding the job market and how best to approach employers, close on the position by effectively interviewing and negotiation tactics. Forward your resume to us and we will give you free resume critique.

I have interviewed with a company and am expecting an offer, what else is there to do?

At Career Development Partners we believe you need a trusted advisor to help you during this important transition. There is a place for recruiters in your job search, but honestly they work for the company. You need someone on your side to give you candid feedback on your search progress.

Should I change my career goals or look for a different line of work?

Most people in the career change period seek and find similar types of jobs – about 85%, actually. Changing career direction depends on the transferability of your skills, abilities and interests.

Is my compensation too high for the marketplace?

Most individuals find positions that are consistent in compensation with their previous jobs. There are many other factors; however, of which you will need to become aware and consider.

I am in my fifties (or sixties). Am I too old to start a new job? Am I wanted by other companies?

Contrary to most societal thinking, many companies and organizations need you. Our candidates tracking statistics suggest that age is a concern that is greatly exaggerated by job searchers.

Are references as important as they once were?

Absolutely! You will learn how to prepare your references and which references to use. Poorly utilized references can undermine your job search efforts and success.

How do I get started?

Call our office (918-293-0500) or email Elizabeth to begin your outplacement program. 

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