Finding the On-ramp: Outplacement Career Development Program for Organizations

Layoffs are an unfortunate consequence of a dynamic economy. However, we’ve observed a trend in recent years that reflects a genuine concern for departing employees’ well-being: companies are increasingly accepting responsibility for helping laid-off workers quickly find their next role. This often means supporting an ex-employee’s career transition to a new job or a new career path.

It is for this exact purpose that we created Mach10 Career Outplacement. We like to call it “finding the on-ramp.”

By offering the Mach10 Outplacement program to your departing employees, you’ll be confident they will have the support they need to land on their feet, ascend to new and perhaps more aligned professional opportunities, and avoid the extreme stress that a layoff can cause.

Mach10’s Approach

Mach10’s On-ramp is a relatively structured blend of career coaching and go-to-market consulting. It begins with facilitating the individual’s self-exploration and ends with “go-to-market” professional assets aligned with the chosen Target Career Path and the assimilation of interview and networking best practices. To help ensure a departing employee is equipped to best leverage his or her strengths and identify areas for development, the process includes an emotional intelligence assessment using EQ-i 2.0.

Working with Organizational Sponsors

As an organizational sponsor, you know that providing your departing employees with effective outplacement support is not only a matter of compassion, it can help you protect your reputation and better attract and retain top talent. We’ll tailor Mach10’s On Ramp program to ensure it’s an effective outplacement plan for your laid-off employees.

Mach10 Career Program Curriculum

Mach10 employs a rigorous, proprietary curriculum to help each individual reach their career development goals.

Mach10 Career Development Process

Mach10 employs a process to guide individuals to explore their next professional step. This process approach is consistent with the Cycle of Experience, developed by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. By following this approach, individuals will define career paths that are better aligned with who they really are.

How to Understand the Mach10 Career Development Process

Cycle Stage

Client Experience

Coaching process, techniques and potential deliverables

0“Something could be better with my work” You experience this sensation related to your work. You respond with a range of thoughts and feelings. You may be motivated to explore the sensation’s meaning. Your Mach10 coach employs a Gestalt approach anchored in a paradox: change emerges when you are more aware and accept who you are now rather than when you try to become something different. This means becoming more aware, creatively adapting to the flow of life and addressing what is blocked.
1aAwareness of what is With your coach, you’ll explore in more detail the meaning and motivation of the thoughts and feelings that triggered your sensation “something could be better with my work.” Joint dialogue and inquiry into your awareness of who you are, what you want and need, the choices you are making and generally what is going on in the present.
1bAwareness of what is possible As you become more aware and open to what is and who you are in the now, your deeper thinking gives rise to energy for changing to what and how you want to be. Joint dialogue and inquiry into how you make personal meaning, what purposes motivate you, what values align with you and the qualities of your personal, authentic identity. Exploration of the changes necessary to align with your vision: more of who you are, actions to be different.
2Mobilization for growth With feelings of both tension and excitement, you begin to explore the possibilities available to you for growth, the risks and potential consequences.
  • Joint exploration and personal reflection to evaluate potential work choices
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Moving, with positive energy, to your choice of your new direction
3Validation of growth characteristics You’ve invested the time and energy to understand who you are and what you need and want in the now and your options for change. It’s time to make some decisions. Defining the characteristics of your new direction, rigorous exercises to validate choice and assess the existence of qualification gaps. This could lead to Leadership coaching, particularly if you decide not to change your current job.
4Action planning Now you’re confident in your new professional direction. You’ll want to be sure to consistently project, in both written and verbal language, your professional brand. For employees: development of a professional value proposition, elevator pitch, list of target employers, necessary go-to-market assets. Or the development of new leadership skills.

For independents: development of a business value proposition and necessary go-to-market assets.

5Brand platform creation With your professional or independent brand clearly defined, it’s time to create the assets needed to find your desired job or search for customers. For employees: creation of a resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letter template, portfolio, QRG
For independents: development of a website and social presence.
6Brand assimilation If you plan to take your professional brand to market, to change your job with an existing employer or find a new employer, you’ll want to enhance your networking and interview effectiveness. Of you want to be independent, you’ll want to enhance your selling and marketing skills.
  • Upgrading your networking skills through best practices and experimentation
  • Enhancing your performance in interviews
  • Elevator pitch creation to prospective customers
7Go-to-market You’re now prepared to go to market using your intelligently designed professional or business brand.
  • Learning best practices when you apply for a position
  • Employing independent business development