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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.

CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors Announce Partnership

August 5th, 2013

Talent leaders band together under shared, values-based culture

Delaware-based talent companies CBI Group, Placers and Barton Career Advisors announced today a new partnership under their shared values-based culture, Outside-In®. The companies will work together under the Outside-In® brand and continue to serve the national marketplace offering recruitment, staffing, and outplacement talent solutions.

This partnership unites three companies based on a shared culture called Outside-In®; a mindset that advocates putting the customer first in all scenarios, at all times. The companies’ consider their customers to include clients, internal employees, and even vendors.

“My personal goal is to have Outside-In® be as meaningful to a business and its customer base as the good housekeeping seal might be on a household product” says Outside-In® Companies President and Outside-In® founder Chris Burkhard. “We hope to have our family of companies stand for an incredible customer experience where innovation and employee satisfaction are evident to all.”

Headquartered in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, the Outside-In® Companies intend to change the way the Human Resources industry provides talent solutions. Instead of operating from a pre-packaged services mindset, the companies provide solutions “from scratch” crafted  specifically to solve the challenges that led the customer to work with a third-party service provider.

“Our expanded partnership with CBI Group and Placers as part of the Outside-In® Companies brings heightened market awareness to the Barton Career Advisors Outplacement business,” said Chris Barton, Barton Career Advisors Founder & Sales Group Lead. “Values are the secret sauce in business performance and I know we are on the right track.”   

As companies whose purpose is to handle clients’ challenges of bringing people in and letting them go, this service-based, cultural mentality is a conscious – and innovative – approach to talent management. To learn more about the Outside-In® Companies and their new partnership visit www.outsideincompanies.com.

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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