Executive Search Firm - Diamonds HR

Redundancy and Career Services

What is our Career Counselling Programme?

A typical career counselling programme for an individual will include the following elements. In addition a redundancy programme covers other elements. For example, we go into the reactions/emotions associated with being made redundant: explain the Ross Kubler change curve (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) as it can affect the redundant employee.

After an initial discussion and an agreement is in place, the counsellor supports the client in achieving planned progress stages. The counsellor is available, committed and knowledgeable. Sessions usually last for two hours. The number of sessions depend on individual needs and budget. Sessions are spaced to suit the client’s timescale and urgency.

Assessment of Personality, Skills, Motivation, Career to date, etc

  1. Psychometric Assessment e.g. personality questionnaire; personality ‘type’ indicator (Karl Jung’s philosophy but often known as ‘Myers Briggs’); perhaps a Values & Motives Inventory; We can also use ability tests, leadership profiles etc.;
  2. Career themes arising from the above;
  3. Interests and Values - what is important to you?;
  4. Career History Workbook 1 (structured information gathering and self audit)

Career counselling to select/ pursue optimal directions

  1. In depth discussion based on Career History 1;
  2. Researching potential career directions;
  3. Career and Life Planning exercise;
  4. Devising a Marketing Strategy;
  5. Networking skills (how to develop a network of useful contacts);
  6. Reviewing on-line jobsites, newspapers/journals, trade press for potential jobs.

Presentation and Marketing

  1. Preparing CVs (chronological, functional, other specialist);
  2. Sample covering letters;
  3. Making applications (unsolicited, to advertisements, application forms);
  4. Reviewing response;
  5. Designing approaches to targeted organisations/ people;
  6. Continuing networking activities;
  7. Handling and learning from rejections.

Interviewing Skills

  1. Ensuring the basics are effectively covered (dress, travel, timings, information needs, 'what to do if..');
  2. Sample questions/ model answers (Competency-based questions, strengths/ weaknesses etc);
  3. Role-playing various interview situations - a case of ‘practice makes perfect’: learning how to handle awkward issues effectively, conquer the fear factor, and be well prepared in advance – vital when that perfect career opportunity presents itself. (The feedback and learning in this area alone can be worth the fees).

Negotiating and Handling Offers, the taking of References

  1. Salary, benefits and terms; do they suit? How to negotiate the best package.
  2. References; handling awkward elements of career.

Accompanying Documentation (included in fees)

What is the nature and value of the counsellor/client relationship?

This varies considerably from person to person and in the course of your programme.

It can be a relief for a client to talk over with a person outside of his/her circle, in absolute confidence, the feelings and concerns which it may be awkward to discuss with a partner/spouse and family. The redundant executive can feel distanced from former colleagues, having become an outsider.

How do you arrange a programme for yourself? Call us for an initial discussion:
Barbara Robertson, Director on Tel: 0131 237 6007