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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.

Outside-In® Pays it Forward

October 22nd, 2015

Sticking with our commitment to give back to the community, Outside-In® Companies have extended our Charity of the Month program so that we can make a bigger impact in supporting charity organizations. Inspired by Preston’s March for Energy, our new program is all about Paying it Forward.

Preston’s March for Energy was created when Preston, a young man with Mitochondrial Disease, which leaves him with low muscle tone and developmental delays, was blessed to receive an adaptive bike donated to him through a fundraiser that was developed by a family friend. The Buenaga family was amazed by this overwhelming support, and they immediately began to “pay it forward” by raising money (each bike costs between $1400 and $2500) for more children to realize their dream of riding their own bike.

Outside-In Companies have adopted a 14-year-old boy named Zachary who lost his left leg in November of last year due to Osteosarcoma. He uses a prosthetic to walk, but misses being able to ride a bike around the neighborhood or go for a bike ride with his sister, Mother or Father. One of the first questions he asked when he found out he was going to lose his leg was whether or not he would ever be able to ride a bike again.

Your support will help us purchase an adaptive bike best suited to Zachary’s needs and allow him to ride a bike again. Our goal is to raise $1,500 by the end of the year to give Zachary a new bike for the holidays AND additionally raise more than enough funds and help him pay it forward to another awesome child to get a bike as well.

Please consider donating now through our YouCaring page to help us reach our goal!

To support or ask about our Outside-In® Paying it Forward program, contact us at charity [at] outsideincompanies.com.

Outside-In Team Featured in Delaware Business Times

September 2nd, 2015

On September 1st, members of the Outside-In® team were featured in the Delaware Business Times article, “Job Market: The need for employees with specialized skills spikes.

Our President, Chris Burkhard was quoted, discussing how “the growing employment market would finally give unemployed and underemployed workers the chance to follow their career plan.”

“We are starting to see more opportunities, not that the recession is behind us fully, but people are willing to step back away from a job and try again. I think people are starting to have enough confidence in the market to consider a move from their current jobs,” Burkhard said. “We had the awful 2008-2009 financial crisis. I think there are a lot of people who are unemployed or doing things they don’t really like. I think that’s always a mistake. We’re coming out of an era when people were just happy to have work. It seems the market is finally giving people a chance to pursue their career goals.”

Images and Infographic from Delaware Business Times [Images and Infographic from Delaware Business Times]

Along with Chris, team members Debbie Fincher, Karesa Blagrove, Heather Pelaez, Rich Kolodgie, Shante Hynson and Joshua Wiggins were photographed in our Newark, DE Office. To review the article and learn more about the top job postings in Delaware and current job market trends, click here.

Hiring: All Signs Point to Growth

June 24th, 2015

After reviewing recent news about recruiting and staffing trends in 2015, all signs point to growth. Below are excerpts from industry surveys and forecasts published this month (June 2015), and CBI Group President, Chris Burkhard’s response to the hiring optimism.

2015 recruiting trends

CFOs in the US are more confident now than they have been in years. – American Staffing Association
The 2015 CFO Outlook Survey conducted by Financial Executives International and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business found “67% of respondents indicated they have plans to hire at their company in the next six months, representing the highest percentage of CFOs to respond positively to this question in three years. The survey also found 77% of CFOs were not forced to reduce headcount over the past 12 months. Furthermore, 74% of respondents said wage levels they are paying are on the rise. The optimism index for US CFOs’ own businesses increased to 74.01 in this quarter’s survey, the highest reported since 2006.”

May Jobs numbers FAR exceeded expectations. – CareerBuilder
“U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs in May, which is the biggest job gain since the end of 2014 and much higher than the 225,000 jobs economists were expecting. That’s especially good news if you look back at some of the numbers from earlier this year.”

All metro areas set for job growth this year. – US Conference of Mayors
“2015 will mark the first year all 363 metro areas will see job growth since the economic recovery began, according to a new economic forecast released by the US Conference of Mayors and prepared by ISH Global Insight. The forecast also projects 316 metros, 87%, will see job growth greater than 1.0%, with only 47 areas, 13%, experiencing job growth of 1.0% or less.”

US staffing employment up more than 5% over year. – American Staffing Association
US staffing companies employed an average of 3.13 million temporary and contract workers per week in the first quarter of 2015, up 5.5% from the same period in 2014, according to data released today by the American Staffing Association. “Even with weak economic growth in the first quarter, demand for temporary and contract talent increased as businesses increased the size of their flexible and permanent workforces,” said ASA President and CEO Richard Wahlquist. “The continued growth in staffing employment means more long-term opportunities for job seekers.”

The US is projected to create 8 million jobs from 2014-2019 — a 5% increase. – CareerBuilder

“CareerBuilder has released a list of the industries expected to add jobs at an accelerated pace from 2014 to 2019… and it’s not just STEM jobs that look to have especially promising growth in the next several years. Technology and globalization continue to change the composition of the US workforce and push our economy in new directions. Based on EMSI’s data from more than 90 national and state employment resources, it appears the US is projected to create roughly 8 million jobs from 2014 to 2019 – a 5 percent increase. A significant number of industries will likely experience an even greater percentage gain during this period.

Around one-third of all U.S. industries are expected to outperform the national average for employment growth over the next five years. While it’s not surprising that technology and health care made the list, the accumulation of new jobs will take place within a diverse mix of industries requiring a broad range of skills and experience.”

The list represents 20 industries that are projected to add at least 10,000 jobs and experience 15% growth in employment over the next five years.

CBI Group President, Chris Burkhard’s response to signs of growth:

I am never more concerned than when all signs point to good times. Not to be contrarian in nature just for the sake of it. However, all of this demand, hiring and need for a contingent workforce solution will require a dramatic shift in how employers approach this “problem.” No longer can you post and pray with job boards or simply spend money to solve it. Organizations are going to need to make Talent Acquisition a strategy just like Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing. And this time it is going to need to be foundational — pretty marketing around your employer brand or adding a few more recruiters on contract will not provide a sustainable fix. Talent strategy will need to be forever! Or until the next downturn or recession. And even then, great firms will be in a spot to take advantage of their strong position by scooping up the best talent!

2 Birds, 1 Stone: Fitness & Giving Back

June 9th, 2015

This week, the Outside-In® Companies announce the adoption of the 2015 Greater Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs Fitness Challenge for our charity program. In our Outside-In® Charity of the Month program, we pull together to help organizations in their cause. Team members nominate charities close to their hearts and as a company, we spread awareness, hold events, and collect donations – both items & monetary – to support those in need.

2015-fitness-challengeThroughout the summer, our team will be committing to new health and wellness goals to raise much needed funds for the Greater Wilmington Clubs. During our planning for our 3-5 year strategic plan we set specific goals for our leaders and team members to think about “sustainability” for their personal and professional objectives. This new partnership with the clubs helps us to realize our goals and to bring much needed awareness to the needs of the youth in our community.

16 team members have signed up for the challenge and will have the opportunity to join in on free wellness and fitness classes that local companies have offered to support the cause. The first event will be tomorrow with Liz Abel of Free and Abel who offer food, health, and lifestyle coaching.

You can request more information by calling 302-266-0860 and asking for Chris Barton, Vice President Greater Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs Board.

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.

CBI Group Lends an Outside-In® Hand in an Unexpected Way

September 27th, 2013

Guest blog spot by Caitlin Olszewski, Communications & Design Coordinator 

Have you ever skipped breakfast before entering a meeting and could only focus on the never ending grumble in your stomach instead of the metrics in front of you? Well, think about having that feeling all the time. Imagine feeling long-term hunger to the point where you cannot concentrate on anything but the emptiness in your stomach and the physical weakness that follows.

I heard about The Food Bank of Delaware back in July and I thought it would be a great cause for our ongoing Charity of the Month program. The Food Bank is an organization that provides nutritious food to Delawareans in need with the goal of providing long-term solutions for hunger. I figured that we could just help out by donating canned goods and fund raising, but then I saw the numbers and came to the humbling realization—that wasn’t enough.

foodbankOver 241,600 people receive assistance from The Food Bank each year and that number is continuing to rise. Forty-four percent of the households receiving this aid are children. To top it off, more than 17,500 people receive emergency assistance in any given week. At Outside-In® Companies, none of us are mathematicians—we’re all a bunch of fun-loving recruiters or chatty communications coordinators (sorry I’m not sorry). However, these numbers quickly resonated with us and strummed our heartstrings. After seeing the facts and statistics we knew that we wanted to take our charity to the Nth degree.

On Wednesday, we put our Outside-In® values to the test and volunteered at The Food Bank’s facility in Newark. Our team formed an assembly line to work together and create meal kits for the Food Bank’s Backpack Program. The program sends close to 3,000 children home from school for the weekend with easy-to-prepare meals to ensure that they can have the proper nutrition they deserve. “It’s hard for a child to learn on an empty stomach and that’s what it all comes down to,” said Trevor Turner, Lead Volunteer Coordinator. The program is geared to help eliminate the problems hunger can cause in regards to education and development.

In only two hours we created 638 meal kits—totaling 1,276 individual meals. That means through our Team-Based, Change Maker, and Service to the Nth Degree values, we made sure that 638 children didn’t have to worry about being hungry for the weekend. That’s 638 reasons to be Outside-In®.

If you’d like to figure out how you can help end hunger, please visit www.fbd.org.

Check out our assembly line in action!

 

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