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Top Three Reasons to Offer Outplacement Services

October is already in full swing and before we know it, 2018 will be here. With the end of the year approaching quickly, your HR department is likely busy forecasting workforce and budget needs. Whether you are facing a reduction in workforce or not, budgeting for outplacement services is a smart plan for the future of your organization and employees.

Top Three Reasons to Offer Outplacement Services

  1. Outplacement is a proven way to accelerate your employee retention and production. If you are invested in the success of your employees, they will invest in the success of your organization.
  2. Outplacement services are proven to minimize the risk of lawsuits after a large layoff.
  3. Outplacement services protect your brand. Your former employees may turn into your customer, or at the least they can influence the public’s view of your company. By taking care of them during a layoff, you are being proactive in protecting your brand.

Outplacement services are affordable and effective. Contact us today if you are ready to make this smart investment in the future of your employees and company!

Feel like you have been surrounded by pink? That is because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer and supporting those battling the disease is full of opportunities to participate in events and fundraiser for the good cause.

Promoting philanthropic work among your employees is a very important part of human resources that often gets overlooked. However, this is not only a great way to support a good cause, but it is also an effective way to strengthen your team and motivate your employees. Sign your company up for a race or fundraiser and you will see them work better together and develop a sense of pride working for an organization that is doing something good. Furthermore, you are promoting the development of leadership, organization, planning, and marketing skills.

So what are you waiting for? Call the staff meeting and get your team together to support each other and the philanthropic cause of your choosing!

 

Top Three Reasons to Offer Outplacement Services

October is already in full swing and before we know it, 2018 will be here. With the end of the year approaching quickly, your HR department is likely busy forecasting workforce and budget needs. Whether you are facing a reduction in workforce or not, budgeting for outplacement services is a smart plan for the future of your organization and employees.

Top Three Reasons to Offer Outplacement Services

  1. Outplacement is a proven way to accelerate your employee retention and production. If you are invested in the success of your employees, they will invest in the success of your organization.
  2. Outplacement services are proven to minimize the risk of lawsuits after a large layoff.
  3. Outplacement services protect your brand. Your former employees may turn into your customer, or at the least they can influence the public’s view of your company. By taking care of them during a layoff, you are being proactive in protecting your brand.

Outplacement services are affordable and effective. Contact us today if you are ready to make this smart investment in the future of your employees and company!
Feel like you have been surrounded by pink? That is because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer and supporting those battling the disease is full of opportunities to participate in events and fundraiser for the good cause.

Promoting philanthropic work among your employees is a very important part of human resources that often gets overlooked. However, this is not only a great way to support a good cause, but it is also an effective way to strengthen your team and motivate your employees. Sign your company up for a race or fundraiser and you will see them work better together and develop a sense of pride working for an organization that is doing something good. Furthermore, you are promoting the development of leadership, organization, planning, and marketing skills.

So what are you waiting for? Call the staff meeting and get your team together to support each other and the philanthropic cause of your choosing!

 

Invest in Your Most Important Asset: You

Our CEO is thrilled to be featured as a guest columnist for Prime Women Magazine, a magazine dedicated to advising women in business, health, travel and much more! As a career expert for over 20 years, Danielle Dayries is featured in over 100 magazines and online journals, providing expose’s on career transition and development.

So, if you read my post last month, you may have decided to invest in your professional growth and hire a career coach. Good for you! Professional coaching can bring many wonderful benefits including a fresh perspective, unique ideas from someone who operates in the career search space every day and ultimately increase your confidence regarding future career decisions.

We have put together 3 self-guided questions for determining your personal criteria when selecting a career coach. These questions are followed up with expert tips for selecting the best coach for you based on your personal criteria:

3 questions to ask yourself before you hire a career coach:

1.     What do you want to achieve?

Consider where you are today in your career. What would you like to change? Are you ready to take on an advanced role that utilizes all your won knowledge, wishing to make an entire career change or consciously deciding to scale down your career. As they say, you have to first know yourself, to improve yourself. Only after you have clear vision of where you want to go next, can you locate the coach to help you get there.

2.     What type of person do you wish to work with?

This goes back to more introspection. Do you respond well to someone who is super action-oriented or would you prefer someone who will delve into the emotional reasons why you are seeking a change before you have an action plan? Are most of your decisions based on logic or emotion? Once you have answered those questions, you can develop a criterion of what type of coach is going to work best with your personality and unique decision-making style.

3.     What is your budget?

Just like shopping for any consulting service, you will want to have a sense of your budget prior to securing the services of a professional career coach. Factors such as credentials, expertise, education and years of experience all play a role in the coaching fees. In addition, whether they meet with you virtually or live influences the structure of pricing, as well.

Now that you have a baseline criteria checklist for yourself, we have a few general criteria items to look for when ready to hire a career coach:

  1. Look for real, solid evidence that this individual is invested in the process of helping others move forward, and has had years of experience supporting people in an empowering way to create the changes they long for. Review their background, credentials and ask for references.
  2. Research if they offer free materials, articles, resources and content that demonstrate and share their expertise. This can easily be assessed by viewing their website, blogs, videos and downloadable materials. Review their free content. Does it speak to you? Does it appear that their personality resonates with your desired communication style?Are they a subject matter expert in the area you wish to focus? One coach may be a genius at helping clients make dramatic career changes while another may have a track record of pre-retirement coaching and helping clients find meaning during the latter part of their career.
  3. Interview three coaches before you decide on one. Ask each about his or her experience, qualifications, and skills. Also, ask for at least two references.

Remember, coaching is an important relationship. Make sure a connection exists between you and the coach you choose. You remember that teacher that just made you want to do your best or that supervisor that knew just exactly how to keep you motivated when you felt overwhelmed? Model that relationship with your coach for the most meaningful results.

Finding the right career coach can change your life and kick the next phase of your career into high gear. So, go ahead and decide today to invest in the your most important asset – you!

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

NOLA SHRM Conference & Expo 2017

The team is looking forward to Steve Hughes’ keynote presentation, “Influence: The Art & Science of Changing Minds” which focuses on the art of persuasion, today. He is the author of the book Captivate and he has been featured on NPR, CBS, and BBC Radio. We are very much looking forward to meeting him. #NOLASHRM17 #AnnualConference

 

ASHRM Conference & Expo 2017

Today is the first day of the ASHRM conference. We are very much looking forward to Jan Hargrave’s key note presentation on ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words—Understanding Nonverbal Communication.’ As a provider of outplacement services for local companies, we teach our clients how to be successful in a job interview – and nonverbal communication is a big part of that!

#IngredientsForSuccess #SHRM #outplacement

Thank you to our intern!

At DMD & Associates we are very proud to interact with students from our community. As a career consulting firm, we understand that internships are an incredibly important part of a students learning and growth. We are incredibly proud to have offered internship experiences for over twenty years. Our intern from Louisiana State University (LSU) had a wonderful spirit and provided great insights!

Thank you for your hard work!

Top 3 Benefits a Spreadsheet for a Successful Search

Job searching can definitely be stressful and oftentimes has the potential to be overwhelming. Just think about it: you have to remember where you applied, if you followed up, when you applied, which resume you used; the list goes on. If you’ve submitted more resumes to more places than you can possibly remember, it’s time to start keeping a log of where and when you’ve applied to each job. To better track all your documents as well as contacts within your network, consider creating a spreadsheet. It not only helps you organize and manage your network, but it eliminates the stress that comes with searching for documents, therefore spending more time applying and less time searching.

Top 3 Benefits of Spreadsheets:

Organization: Remember the phrase, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”? Well, what about putting them on a spreadsheet? Using specific category names in your spreadsheet will help you spend more time applying to your dream job and less time searching for necessary documents and files. Try these category names: Title of position, brief position description, how and where you applied, resume used and its filename, individual contacted, comments/feedback, location of interview, time of interview, follow up, and current application status.

Network: A spreadsheet will not only allow you to track contacts, but it will serve as a reference point for connecting others within your network as well. Consider categorizing your data as: Name, how you know, who introduced you, relevant details about them, contact information (including LinkedIn), and which contact yields the most opportunity.

Technology: Spreadsheets can be created on various platforms and programs. Consider computer programs such as Microsoft word and Excel; each provide options that aid in the creation of your spreadsheet. Additionally, there are websites available specifically for creating spreadsheets like this one: Manage Your Job Search. Lastly, consider downloading an app from your phone’s app store. This will better organize your data and keep everything you need in the palm of your hand.

What are some ways you organize your documents and contacts in your network? A spreadsheet is a great alternative to helping you stay organized and on track for a successful job search.

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