Moving Forward from a Layoff

A layoff can be a devastating experience, even when it is expected, and first reactions to it may not be productive. Panicking can result in settling for the first available opportunity and then living to regret it. At the other extreme, overconfidence about job prospects can result in complacency and insufficient activity.

Addressing the following questions helps professionals to move forward successfully:

Have you dealt with your emotional baggage?

Some people’s first reaction to a layoff is to rush into calling everyone they can think of before preparing sufficiently for the search. The result may be many burned bridges and lost opportunities. Unresolved emotional baggage may also result in inappropriate behavior in interviews. To present themselves well, candidates must be ready to focus on the next opportunity.

Have you learned all you can from the past?

Decide if your personality, aptitudes, attitudes or interpersonal skills played any part in the layoff. Learn all you can from your career history; determine where you are heading and decide if that is where you want to go.

Do you have a realistic picture of your opportunities and enough
confidence to explore them?

A layoff can result in a very significant loss of confidence. You can build confidence and self-esteem by gaining insight into your strengths, your marketable skills and your career options. You will then be prepared to search for a position that is both attractive and attainable.

Do you have the skills and techniques to present yourself well?

To move forward with confidence, it is essential to have excellent presentation and interviewing skills. You will need to create a winning resume. You will also need the skills to market yourself effectively to headhunters and employers, and to excel in all types of interviews.


You may feel the pressing need to land a new position quickly. Alternatively, you may wish to take the longer view, step back, carefully examine your skills and develop a career plan. In either case, we can support you through the process. Work with an experienced career coach with an extensive recruiting background to move forward productively. All sessions are one-on-one and are customized to meet your specific needs.

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Termination Support

We provide the support services to ensure that the termination process is conducted in the best interests of the company and the terminated individual.

Preparation for the Termination Meeting

Many managers dread the thought of terminating an employee, sometimes to the point that
they delay the termination and damage the company’s interests. We help managers to move forward by:

  • Providing a structure for establishing and maintaining control of the termination meeting
  • Suggesting ways to protect the company’s reputation by conducting the termination meeting with dignity and professionalism
  • Providing techniques for dealing with emotional responses

Advice on Possible Consequences

We help managers to maintain a broader perspective on the termination by:

  • Recommending ways to maintain group morale
  • Discussing the need for the redistribution of work or for replacement staff
  • Identifying the possible need for legal advice and providing referrals to employment lawyers

On-Site Assistance

Because termination is so emotionally charged, it is important to focus the terminated individual’s attention on their future and to begin rebuilding self-esteem. We meet with the individual immediately following the termination to begin this process by:

  • Reassuring the individual that they will receive ongoing support through an outplacement program
  • Providing an outline of the program
  • Emphasising that the program will be customized to their needs

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Outplacement Sector and Level Experience

We have extensive experience in working with a wide range of individuals and organizations in transition. Our outplacement programs are customized to meet the needs of all organizational levels: from entry-level to CEO.

Individuals in the following career fields and industry sectors have benefited from our Outplacement programs: 

Career Fields

  • Administration
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Investment
  • IT
  • Law
  • Management Consulting
  • Operations
  • Sales
  • Teaching


Industry Sectors

  • Banking
  • Brokerage
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consumer Goods
  • Distribution
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Forestry
  • Healthcare
  • Hi-Tech
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Not-for-profit
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Service
  • Transportation

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Customized Executive Outplacement

Senior Executives have very exacting Outplacement needs. It takes a high level of experience and insight to customize a program that addresses those needs successfully.

Addressing Your Needs

Our sophisticated individualized program, developed by a highly experienced career coach, will be customized to take you in the direction that is right for you. We will work with you to plan a program that will make the best use of your Outplacement dollars.

If you already have a defined goal, we can help you navigate successfully through the current market complexities. Alternatively, you may wish to re-evaluate your career path and do some longer–term planning that fits with your overall life goals.

Program Topics

Your individualized program may include, but need not be restricted to, the following topics:

  • Developing a Career Plan  
  • Managing Life Transitions  
  • Rebranding  
  • Changing Careers
  • Development of a Market Positioning Resume© 
  • Working Through Roadblocks
  • Regaining Composure
  • Setting Up a Consulting Practice
  • Focused Networking
  • Starting a New Business
  • Updating Interviewing Skills 
  • Enhancing Leadership Presence
  • Refining Job Search Skills 
  • Full Personal Presence Makeover
  • Maximizing Compensation
  • Attaining Work/Life Balance
  • Achieving Career Goals
  • Onboarding

Our philosophy is to build a relationship that our clients can count on through all stages of their careers. We offer discounted pricing for clients wishing to engage in further personal development after completing our Executive Outplacement Program.

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JW Associates Outplacement Programs

We offer a wide range of outplacement programs, varying in length and content. All programs share some unique features:

  • All sessions are one-on-one. There are no group sessions whatsoever.
  • The program content is customized to meet the specific needs of the individual.
  • We have the flexibility to address shifting priorities, such as a pressing need for a revised resume or preparation for an unexpected interview.
  • Sessions are conducted by an experienced career consultant with a background in both career management and executive search.
  • All programs include the development of a Market Positioning Resume©.

Below are three examples of our programs. Should these not be appropriate to your situation, JW Associates will design an outplacement package to meet your budget and your timelines.


The Jumpstart Program has been designed to minimize the time it takes to secure a new position. The program will result in a new resume that will position you effectively to achieve your short-term and long-term goals. In addition, sessions may focus on your needs in the following areas: refining your near-term priorities; identifying key elements of your "ideal job"; enhancing your presentaiton skills; working productively with a recruiter; responding effectively to advertisements; and mastering the art of interviewing.

Personalized Career Consulting support for eight weeks


This program includes the choice of elements outlined in the Jumpstart Program. In addition, the process will provide a clear perspective on your career to date and help you to refine and achieve your goals. Sessions may also focus on your needs in the following areas: learning to network successfully; constructing a self-marketing plan; regaining your composure; balancing ambition and lifestyle; and responding to offers and negotiating salary.

Personalized Career Consulting support for three to four months


Designed for VP- and C-level professionals, this program will support a wide range of goals. These might include enhancing an existing career path or developing new options, including consulting or starting a new business. If you alread have a defined goal, we can help you navigate successfully through the current market complexities. Alternatively, you may wish to re-evaluate your career path and do some longer-term planning that fits with your overall life goals. For further details of this program refer to our Customized Executive Outplacement page.

Personalized Career Consulting for six to twelve months.

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“Thanks so much for all of your effort in finding us the right candidate. It has been a real pleasure working with your company - you certainly know your stuff!"
~ Director HR, Rapidly Growing Retailer

“Working with JW Associates has provided me with the ability to critically assess candidates' resumes. I am able to discern their experience and the representational faithfulness of their resumes. In turn, we are able to conduct a more effective search allowing us to find candidates most suited for the position.”
~ President, Large Investment Company

"In the past we had found it difficult to determine which people would really fit with our company. JW Associates provided us with a practical yet measurable way to select the best people for us."
~ Senior Director, Mining Company

"Thank you for helping us set up our succession planning framework. We now feel confident that we have a great plan in place to keep the company knowledge intact."
~ Director HR, Well-Established Company

“Your Outplacement program helped me to build my confidence and find a new job. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the process.”
~ Senior Manager, Real Estate

"JW Associates helped me identify my most marketable assets, and present them in a way that gave me an edge over other candidates. They provided gentle, tactful and extremely useful one-on-one feedback for interviewing. I felt much more confident and calm during the interviewing process and found a position which is the perfect fit."
~ 2009 Outplacement Client

“Dealing with JW Associates has been a very positive experience. Thank you very much for coaching and preparation work you provided – I found it very helpful in preparing me for the CFO interview.”
~ CFO, Mid-sized Manufacturing Company

“Networking was difficult for me so my career coach and I worked out an approach that I could handle. This revamped approach coupled with my new focused resume presented so well that I got six calls and a job offer!”
~ JB,Toronto

“I had never done Onboarding before... what a difference it has made in my new job! I feel much more comfortable about working with my new boss and am confident that I can continue to make a great impression”
~ 2009 Onboarding Client

“I’ve never seen myself as a natural leader, but now I know that I can aim higher. You really showed me the importance of improving my communication style."
~ Director, Turnaround Manufacturing Company