Those of you who’ve spoken to me over the last 6 months would know that I’ve been busily collaborating with a partner on something a bit different – an online course aimed at providing redundancy support.  More specifically, it helps people to successfully get back on track, move forward, and find a new job after a redundancy.

In line with the key objectives of the course, we’ve called it Successfully Navigating Redundancy: A Practical, Step-By-Step Guide. The course provides participants with a lot of the same practical advice, resources, support and information they would typically receive in one-on-one career consultation or outplacement support sessions.

It includes support for individuals who need to prepare their resume, identify their key achievements, handle job interviews, use LinkedIn, navigate the ’emotional’ aspects of redundancy, identify their personal support networks – and much, more more.

The key difference? Individuals can access the information and resources anytime they like.  24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.  Over and over again, if that’s what they need.

And forever – so if they ever need help finding a new job in future, the information is still available to them.

Providing more than 9-5 redundancy support

We’re pretty excited about this. Especially as one of the main drivers behind creating the course was simply to help more people.

AND to provide those people we can help with MORE support than is typically provided with traditional outplacement and career transition services.

You see – in my experience of providing outplacement and redundancy support over the years, I’ve found that although giving people a 4 week or 8 week program is definitely great, some people simply need more support than this.

And sometimes they need support in the evenings, or the weekends – after all, finding a new job is not a 9 – 5 activity. And the emotions associated with handling a redundancy? They don’t really stick to a 9 – 5 schedule either.

Providing ongoing redundancy support

The other problem I’ve found? In many case there simply isn’t enough time included in a 4 week or 8 week outplacement program to cover everything that is important to those individuals trying to find a new job after redundancy. Especially if they’ve been employed at the same place for a long time (which is often the case) and don’t really know how to navigate today’s job market.

The job market is very different now compared to 5 or 10 years ago. Candidates are faced with video interviews, LinkedIn, Applicant Tracking Systems – and an absolutely overwhelming amount of competition from other job applicants, all trying to land the same limited number of positions.

As the career coach sitting across the table from these individuals, I’ve repeatedly found myself becoming frustrated about the amount of things we don’t have time to talk about in the 4 x 1-hour sessions available to the candidate.

Not to mention the fact that getting a new job usually takes more than 4 or 8 weeks. In traditional outplacement programs, the support sort of ‘dries up’ after this timeframe … and people are often left on their own, sometimes right at that point where they are actually starting to gain some momentum with their job search. This is often the point where support is MOST needed – to prepare and practice for interviews, and understand how on earth to respond to those annoying ‘behavioural’ questions.

Did I mention how frustrating I find this? Now consider the situation where an individual is paying for career counselling or career coaching support out of their own pocket. Again, trying to provide as much help as possible without individuals becoming overly burdened by the associated cost is challenging.

Successfully Navigating Redundancy: A Practical, Step-By-Step Guide

So at this point I should explain that about 18 months ago, I was lucky enough to meet someone else as excited as me about helping people to move forward after redundancy – Nick Hughes, my partner in developing the Successfully Navigating Redundancy course.

After many months of hard work (and about 3000 Facebook messages, but that’s another story!), we are now excited to have launched an online course that includes a whole bunch of practical support in a range of different areas.

The course covers everything from handling those tricky conversations with others right after the redundancy, all the way to choosing referees after successfully ‘nailing’ a job interview.

We’re hoping that the course provides benefits not only for individuals who need some support, but also for organisations and employers who are looking for ways to compliment face-to-face outplacement services and provide affected employees with additional and ongoing, 24/7 support.

For more information, visit Successfully Navigating Redundancy: A Practical, Step-By-Step Guide. Sign up now for a 30% discount (use code DISCOUNT30).