What is outplacement?

Outplacement is the way to guide people from current to new jobs, when they become redundant. It is very similar to career coaching, but the approach is different. Career coaching focuses on the career and the choices that people make. With outplacements, one quits with the old employer, so the focus is on the career and finding a new job.

When can outplacement be used?

Outplacement is used for several reasons:


  • The employer has to reorganize and is going to fire people;
  • The employee and manager differ in vision and there is a dismissal
  • The employee crashes in work and wants another job
  • The employee is not functioning properly and has to find another job


There are advantages to outplacement for both the employee and the employer. The employee receives advice and finds a job or starts as a freelancer and the employer requires his legally established responsibility for good employment practices. The right to get outplacement is often captured in a social plan or in a termination agreement. During the process, the values and ambitions of the coachee are central and an image is sketched of the competences and ambitions.

What does an outplacement trajectory entail?

Most people have an unpleasant work experience when they qualify for outplacement. In an outplacement trajectory, there is room and attention for processing feelings of anger, sadness and doubts about what happened. 

Knowing who you are, what you can do and what you want is essential in order to apply effectively. Self-examination is therefore an important part of the process. In addition there will be time to work on your business card and how to present yourself. There is a lot of competition and to stand out positively it is important to work on this. The application is ultimately where you do it for. 

Applying is a profession itself and requires good preparation, so that answers can be given to difficult questions. During the applications, there will be regular contact with the coach to discuss the progress of the process.

What should be taken into account?

Often the switch to another job creates uncertainty, because income is linked to this. This can make the situation exciting, because there are no guarantees and certainties. People are looking for work that fits and gives them a good feeling, but unemployment checks are not unlimited. For that reason, outplacement is not easy and can be experienced as tough. Outplacement does, however, increase the chances of finding a job. It is the task of the coach to support the employee in this process and to ensure that the chances of finding a new job are as great as possible.

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