Once upon a time, when companies laid off workers, their severance packages — if they got any at all — included outplacement services. People would get access to counselors at firms that would offer help with updating resumes, job-search tactics, interview coaching, etc. Basically, employers outsourced the process of helping former employees find new jobs.
Then COVID-19 came along. Sure, many companies are still contracting with outplacement agencies, but increasingly, employers are taking a more active role in helping laid-off workers land new roles. Talent acquisition departments are no longer focused solely on bringing talent into their organizations — now they are helping former colleagues seek external opportunities.
The latest high-profile example of this “we’re all in it together” philosophy is Uber. To help displaced employees, the company just days ago launched a talent directory. “Their talent helped moved the world,” it proclaims. “We wouldn’t be where we are without them. Learn how they can help your team grow.” Recruiters can visit the site and search for former Uber staffers based on location and role/skills, willingness to relocate and/or work remotely, and managerial experience.
As Danielle Monaghan, Uber’s global head of talent, points out in a statement, “As a talent acquisition leader, I would like to call on companies who are looking to hire passionate and dynamic people to move their businesses farther…Reach out and ask those who are profiled about the things they helped build at Uber. I’m convinced they can be of great value to your team.” Continue reading here…