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Outside-In Company, Barton Career Advisors Featured in Delaware Business Times

January 28th, 2016

Put plan into action now, DuPont refugees urged

A plan. That’s what financial and recruiting advisors recommend as DuPont employees begin the hard process of processing both the paperwork and career ramifications of a layoff.

DuPont’s December announcement that it would merge with Dow Chemical set in motion a chain of speculation, then announcements — first that the company intends to cut 1,700 Delaware-based positions, and then just last week, confirmation that 200 Experimental Station employees were given notice.

“If you position your experience as being able to be used right out of the box, it can be a very compelling argument for the prospective employer,” said Barton.

The layoffs are part of a $700 million cost reduction and restructuring, according to DuPont Chair and CEO Ed Breen.

Chris Barton of Barton Career Advisors said he’s already talked to a number of DuPont employees who received termination notices.  His firm is a national outplacement career coaching and training firm that works with companies and individual clients. The firm has also offered workshops on job transitioning to former Chemours employees.

“Many of the folks that will be exited are those that have a long tenure,” said Barton, who worked at the MBNA Corp. for 16 years before leaving with a package that included outplacement services. It was a negative experience that he credits with leading him to start his own career services agency.

DuPont will provide separation packages that include career placement services and training allowances based on years of service, according to spokesman Dan Turner, who did not offer details.

Barton said many outplacement services at mid- to large companies offer personalized coaching to senior leaders and group-based programs for mid-level managers and others, a “one size fits all approach” that doesn’t always meet the needs of the individual.

Barton said applicants fresh to the job pool should spend time defining their unique value proposition for prospective employers.

Barton recommends:

  • Career and personality assessments to better define the skill sets, personality attributes and values that will better define direction.
  • Crafting materials, including an updated resume and refined social media profile, particularly LinkedIn.
  • Work the network.

“You need to take your market research and create compelling materials and game plan that can give you a leg up in the situation,” said Barton.

A solid game plan that includes materials that stress the uniqueness of their candidacy is crucial here.  Barton recommends detailing accomplishments in quantitative and compelling way.

What about the exited employee who’s too young to retire but has the bulk of his work years behind them? Barton says to highlight it as an asset.

“If you position your experience as being able to be used right out of the box, it can be a very compelling argument for the prospective employer,” said Barton. “But you also have to position yourself in a way that you share not only your willingness to perform a new role but demonstrate that you have energy, excitement and motivation to do it.” 

Thomas Talley worked for DuPont for 29 years.  He took a buyout in the early 1990s and traded his communications background for a career in finance. Now he’s offering advice to DuPont employees caught by the layoffs.

“Losing a job is a very emotional experience,” said Talley, who works as a financial advisor with Raymond James and Associates Inc. He recommends staying away from any decisions steeped in emotion.

Talley, who specializes in financial and estate planning, warns against dipping into a 401K, and said budgeting after a layoff is a key before making any financial decisions.

For the older worker who’s accumulated funding in their DuPont Savings Investment Plan, the budgeting process is key to making decisions as social security decisions come into play, said Talley.

“It’s a critical decision,” said Talley. “But every year you defer to taking it you’re increasing your benefit by 8 percent.”

Younger employees may elect to roll over their 401K to their next company.

“Don’t get caught taking money out of places you shouldn’t,” warned Talley.

DuPont’s merger with Dow is expected to reduce DuPont’s worldwide workforce by 10 percent.

Knot Your Average Ribbon Cutting

January 15th, 2014

Have you ever seen a councilman sweat under the pressure of playing a larger-than-life game of Jenga? On Monday, we joined The Greater Newark Economic Development Partnership (GNEDP), local elected officials, and members of the business community for a chance to be kids again and to celebrate the business partnership of CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors.

A few months ago, we announced our official three-brand partnership under our shared values-based culture, Outside-In®. As Outside-In® Companies, we are united by a mindset that advocates putting the customer first in all scenarios, at all times. The companies’ consider our customers to include clients, internal employees, and even vendors.

In true Outside-In® fashion, we opted to have a “ribbon tying” in lieu of the traditional “ribbon cutting”, a literal representation of the merging of our brands to the public.

DSC_0031Mayor Polly Sierre and New Castle County Chamber Member/Incubator Tenant Matthew Doyle kicked off the ribbon tying by recognizing the Outside-In® Companies for its job-creating venture, contribution to the community, and charitable company culture.

However, our event was not all suits and ties. We humorously participated in a giant-sized Jenga game to encourage our guests to take positive social risks and network with our community. Part of our Outside-In® Family, Newark’s own Klondike Kates provided a picnic-style catering spread and exceptional Service to the Nth Degree.

Together under the Outside-In® name, CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors continue to serve the national marketplace offering talent solutions in recruitment, staffing, and outplacement.

Invitation to Our Ribbon Tying Celebration

January 9th, 2014

Ribbon-Tying

Join the Greater Newark Economic Development Partnership (GNEDP), local elected officials, and members of the business community on Monday, January 13th at 12 noon at CBI Group Headquarters in Newark to celebrate at our Ribbon Tying celebration! Please email smithm@greaternewarkde.com to confirm your attendance!

What? Outside-In® Companies will be hosting a ribbon tying event

When? Monday, January 13th at 12 noon

Where? CBI Group’s Newark Headquarters (Now the Outside-In® Companies Headquarters!): 1501 Casho Mill Road, Suite 9, Newark, DE 19711 – for Directions Click Here!

Why? To celebrate the business partnership of CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors.

Wait, what else?! One of Greater Newark, DE’s signature restaurants, Klondike Kates, will be catering.

2nd Annual Happy Holidays Infographic

December 2nd, 2013

CBI Group and the Outside-In® Companies would like to wish our three customers (clients, employees, & vendors) a happy holidays with our 2nd annual, 2013 year in review, holiday infographic!


Outside-In® Companies Keep Charity In Stock

July 10th, 2013

Outside-In® Companies CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors continue to keep a healthy (and charitable) frame of mind this summer with the selection of the the Food Bank of Delaware as their July Charity. Team members will work to raise funds, donate food and build awareness for the local food provider, as well as volunteer an evening of their time to help sort and pack donated food.

“With 9.8 million children who receive school lunches now on summer break, it is imperative to keep these children and their families fed.” says Sourcing Specialist, Lindsay Griffith, “The team members at CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors recognized this issue and decided to spend the month of July dedicating our efforts towards supporting the Food Bank.”

Food Bank of Delaware

The Food Bank of Delaware is currently accepting donations* of:

  • Hot and Cold Cereals
  • Canned Fruits
  • 8oz Shelf-Stable Milk
  • Past and Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Spaghetti Sauce

*Please note, the Food Bank of Delaware cannot accept hard candy, lollipops, soda in cans or bottles, chocolate bars or pieces, gum and soft candy such as marshmallows, caramels, taffy, licorice, and gummy items.

To learn more about the Food Bank of Delaware and Outside-In® Companies’ plans for the month, visit the Charity of the Month page here.

Placers Announces ‘Agent to the Workforce’ Service

June 24th, 2013

Agent to the WorkforceMembers of the Placers team now provide an added advantage in this tight job market: an Agent to the Workforce.

Placers is the contingent workforce solutions company that in the 1990s was one of Delaware’s largest employers.  Headquartered in Newark, Placers returned to the job scene in 2011 as an Outside-In® partner of CBI Group.

Currently, Placers employs contractors in a variety of positions including manufacturing, healthcare, banking and information technology in positions ranging from support to management.  After being part of Placers, each employee now has the option of working with a job/career coach with Barton Career Advisors (BCA), another Outside-In® partner.

“We believe strongly in supporting and empowering our people,” says Placers and CBI Group Founder and President Chris Burkhard.  “And that includes offering career coaching and support which we think has a lot of value in any economic climate, boom or bust. As our partnership with Barton Career Advisors deepens, we think this is a lasting benefit in support of our people,” Burkhard adds.

Once a Placers employee expresses interest, he/she gets access to a BCA coach for three half-hour sessions usually by telephone, explains Greg Moore, the BCA coach leading Agent to the Workforce. “Then we hook them into our online portal and its modules for career change, resume writing and job searches. And from that one they can just apply online for positions that interest them.”

While this is great for the worker, might it narrow the pool of Placers people making the transition from temp jobs to full-time? “That certainly could happen but we still feel this is an important service to offer,” Burkhard says. “The way to success for a workforce management organization is to have positive, productive people and we see Agent to the Workforce as playing a positive role.”

Placers team member Ginola Johnson says she finds the program very informative and the online components, especially the job search tools, “much easier to use than having to sift through a lot of emails.”  Each participant has access through Barton Career Advisors to a one-source job lead program that issues a daily job lead e-mail message including multiple leads in the person’s field, eliminating many potential messages.

So does she feel a sense of support when it comes time to look for her next opportunity?  “I sure do!” Ginola says.

To learn more about Agent to the Workforce service feature visit the Placers website for more information.

Rich Kolodgie to Direct Barton Career Advisors

May 21st, 2013

Rich KolodgieWe are excited to announce the appointment of Rich Kolodgie as Managing Director of Barton Career Advisors. This appointment expands his role with the Wilmington-based career transition and outplacement company. Rich will continue his role on CBI Group’s leadership team, as the companies work hand-in-hand operationally to provide more comprehensive solutions for our clients.

A resident of Wilmington, Kolodgie served as CEO of Coaching Partners, Inc, an executive coaching firm which he founded, and Director of Executive Development for Team Builders Plus. Prior to that he was with the DuPont Company in a number of business management positions.

“I’m pleased to have Rich take on this leadership role as we grow to meet the needs of companies throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond,” says Chris Barton who established Barton Career Advisors in 2008.

Headquartered in Wilmington, Barton Career Advisors offers flexible outplacement services for businesses throughout the US and Canada as well as career coaching and resume construction for individuals. Barton Career Advisors works together with CBI Group and Placers, to provide end-to-end Talent Management Services through our customer centric Outside-In® culture.

News featured in Doug Rainey’s Delaware Business Daily Bulletin (page 22)

Outplacement Launch

November 2nd, 2010

Leading HR Recruitment Firm CBI Group and Barton Career Advisors Expand Strategic Alliance with Launch of Outplacement
HR recruitment firm CBI Group and career coaching firm Barton Career Advisors announced today an expansion of their strategic alliance into outplacement services.

Newark, Del. (PRWEB) November 2, 2010

HR recruitment firm CBI Group (http://www.thecbigroup.com) and career coaching firm Barton Career Advisors (http://www.BartonCareerAdvisors.com) announced today an expansion of their strategic alliance into outplacement services. The two companies, which announced their partnership in June 2009, share similar philosophies for providing value to clients.

“This was the next logical step in our partnership,” said Christopher Barton, president of Barton Career Advisors. “CBI Group has a deep, credible market presence in helping businesses to craft innovative human capital solutions.”

The new flexible outplacement solution offered by the joint venture focuses on high-touch delivery and will be supported by CoachOnetoOne™, Barton Career Advisors’ career transition portal. A key component of the service offering will be an intense focus on individual client relationships.

“It became clear that the market was looking for an alternative to the current offerings in the outplacement industry,” said Chris Burkhard, president and founder of CBI Group. “We confirmed through several initial engagements that Barton Career Advisors’ model and technology have what it takes to deliver.”

Barton Career Advisors has added new outplacement resources and information on their web-site at http://www.bartoncareeradvisors.com/outplacement.html.

About Barton Career Advisors, LLC

Barton Career Advisors, LLC, is a relationship based outplacement and career coaching firm offering premier direct-to-client and business to business services. The company, headquartered in Newark, Del., employs a need-based business model, BCA One-to-One™, which is driven by experience and client outcomes. Barton Career Advisors has over 15 years experience in HR recruitment processes, people development and business operations.

About CBI Group

CBI Group is a Project/On Demand recruitment firm founded in 2001 by staffing industry leaders. CBI Group specializes in providing results-oriented solutions to their customers. Their depth of experience implementing single and multi-position recruitment strategies enables them to provide highly responsive and cost effective services. Through efficient management and quality consulting they ensure that their clients receive maximum return on their investment by managing projects to meet their current and future needs. Known for their trademarked Outside-In® culture, CBI Group’s workforce embraces change, competes through knowledge and takes service to the “nth” degree.

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