Helping your exiting employees keep their skills fresh
almost 45% of today’s out-of-work individuals considered long-term unemployed, keeping
skills fresh while looking for the next opportunity is becoming increasingly important. As this
article suggests, there are certain jobs which lend themselves to seeing
skill sets becoming stale over time, such as technology jobs where things are changing
may be one of those employers that has been a little more forgiving when it comes
to longer breaks in employment but what we are seeing is that most employers are not
bending on knowing that a job seeker has been actively engaged in not only keeping
skills fresh, but in learning new skills. Hiring
Managers will definitely look more favorably on individuals who have remained active
in honing their skills during a job search regardless of their profession.
for available jobs is stiff out there these days and an employer can help their exiting
employees stay active in continuing their education by providing materials directing
them where to go for continuing education, guiding them toward additional educational
opportunities to advance their skills and suggesting projects or activities that will
help better highlight their skill sets so that when job opportunities come knocking
they are prepared to put their best foot forward.
will of course be determined by the individuals being laid off, but as a general example,
if a web designer gets laid off, you may suggest that they create their own web page
to keep their skills fresh and showcase their abilities. Another
great recommendation is to do volunteer work, which is a free way to learn new skills
and can also lead to job opportunities. I’ve
seen examples of people leaving a professional position, doing volunteer work to keep
busy and finding a whole new career direction for themselves which winds up being
much more fulfilling that they one they just left.
direction to exiting employees can help them get a new job faster which in turn helps
you as an employer keep your unemployment costs under control. Definitely
a win-win situation for both the employer and the employee, so start building reemployment
strategies into your off-boarding processes today.
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