Employee Outplacement Programs

Historically, outplacement has been reserved for executive employees and line employees had to fend for themselves.

HIRE GRAY MATTER offers a cost-effective way to provide the type of support for line employees that executive outplacement has been providing senior employees for years.  Our Employee Outplacement Program was meant for situations such as office closures and mass layoffs whereby many employees are affected. Often, we find the people most impacted are long-term employees who either have never had to look for employment or who have been employed so long their job search skills are inadequate for today’s job market.

We can bring our outplacement program to you plant or office and, on a group basis, run outplacement seminars so that the cost per employee becomes nominal.  The modules are similar to what we offer executives, but the content is tailored to the audience.  

The modular structure enables us to design a program that meets your budget limitations as well as providing the training most needed by your staff.


Resume review

Resume Writing

This module helps candidates get started on composing their resumes. We cover the different types of resume and how and when they can be used and introduce them to the different components that make up the structure of an executive resume. Candidates learn about keyword strategies to help resumes get through ATS screening by employers. Candidates learn some basic do’s and don’ts about resumes.


Networking Skills

Nearly 80% of jobs are found through networking, so networking is one of the most important skills to develop – especially during career transition.  We introduce employees to information interviews, marketing letters, how to network at conferences and trade shows.  We give an overview of personal branding and how to express that effectively through networking cards.  Employees are shown how to see how large their network is and the different types of people they should be networking with.

Interviewing Skills

Interviewing Skills

 Interviewing is often overlooked by job seekers as a skill that needs development. interviewing techniques and processes are much more sophisticated than they used to be and awareness of how to handle oneself in these different interview situations makes the difference between being weeded out and moving on in the recruiting process.

Our interviewing skills workshop is a natural outgrowth of our candidate preparation that we do prior to interviews.  We discuss the different types of interview questions to expect and how to structure answers to these.  We identify question types that are typically used for weeding out candidates and developing strategies for responding to these. Depending on group size, we will include mock interviews to help identify non-verbal behaviours that detract from performance during interviews.

 External Resources

In this workshop we guide employees through the Employment Insurance process to help ensure they receive their benefits.  We also provide guidance on things such as job boards, retraining programs and how to search for potential employers.

Social Media Training

This module introduces candidates to integrating the use of social media into their job search strategy.  Primary focus is on the following social networks: LinkedIn, Facebook, ZoomInfo,  and Twitter, though the principles can be applied to other social platforms as well.

Financial Planning & Budgeting Workshop

This workshop helps employees develop a financial plan to see them through career transition.  We discuss income from Employment Insurance against managing expenses.