What Does the Term “Outplacement” Actually Mean?

Depending on whom you talk to, the term “outplacement” means different things to different people.

As the Client Services Manager here at Connor, I will always check the candidate’s understanding of the term outplacement during our initial engagement and chemistry matching call, as the response I receive to this question varies enormously.

For candidates having never received support through an outplacement service before, the most common response I receive to this question is that we will provide them with help on their CV, whilst providing some support with preparing them for interviews. For those candidates who have received outplacement support in the past and are lucky enough to be offered Connor’s indefinite (as long as it takes support) until they reach 90 days into their new role, their understanding is often a little different.

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NFP acquired Connor, a Berkshire-based, leading consultancy in the UK & Europe focused on people development, organizational change, and outplacement and career transition services, in October 2021. The Connor team partners with clients across the globe to create fit-for-purpose internal structures and processes while helping organizations get the most out of their people. To discover more, visit