Practical, tailored and affordable outplacement programme

Managing outplacement programmes and settlement agreements with compassion, empathy, and professionalism, whilst also adhering to legal requirements and organisational constraints, can be tough; particularly on top of day to day responsibilities. Whether you need outplacement support for just one individual leaving the organisation or for many as part of a large scale restructure, Career Matters are here to help you. We work together with you to find the right outplacement support for your employees.

Why use Outplacement / Career Support services?

Our outplacement and career transition support mitigates challenges around emotional impact, productivity, retention and employer brand, and helps avoid litigation. It ensures employees can focus positively on their next career step by providing expert advice and support, helping them to confidently navigate the job market and transition into new roles quickly and effectively. Employees leaving the organisation feel supported and continue to act as brand advocates for the employer.

Which Outplacement Services do Career Matters provide?

Career Matters have delivered medium (c200 people) and small outplacement and career development programmes for organisations across the UK and Europe, as well as 1:1. support for individuals, including senior leaders and c-suite executives. We have nearly 20 years’ experience (see our client list below), with great feedback from clients and their employees – 97% would recommend us to friends and colleagues.

Our service, designed and delivered by Julie Harding, a specialist career coach & recruitment expert, is more personal and tailored towards your organisation and the individual’s needs than most outplacement companies. This leads to better support and results, and helps maintain your employer brand.

Julie will help you:

  • Find the right outplacement provision for your employees at the right budget
  • Support you with gaining board-level approval (if required)
  • Help you communicate and engage with your employees to explain the support provided
  • Support your employees at every stage of their journey, providing practical help and guidance

The practical training and support helps people transition and progress in their careers and is adapted to any function and level of staff.

This is delivered as group workshops or 1:1 sessions:

  • CV Masterclass (incl. skills identification, matching & alignment / market positioning)
  • Interview Preparation Masterclass
  • LinkedIn Masterclass
  • Start your own business
  • Managing Personal Finance (facilitated with a well-renowned charitable organisation with personal finance expertise)
  • Wellbeing workshops / individual therapy (facilitated with an external provider)

We also have links with recruitment consultancies and executive search firms and provide guidance on adapting job search strategies to address economic downturns or changes in industry trends, which can impact job availability and hiring practices.

Seeking help with internal career transitions and mobility too?

Career Matters also supports large organisations seeking to increase internal mobility and encourage internal applications (sometimes alongside external hiring campaigns) by delivering masterclasses and 1:1s aimed at executives and employees of all levels who want to achieve their next promotion or move to a new area of the business.

Outplacement / Career Support Services are offered in person, remotely or hybrid in:
  • Hampshire
  • Dorset
  • Wiltshire
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • London
UK & Europe
  • In person for projects of a full day or more.


“Julie supported JTC manage a recent restructure. Her outplacement work with colleagues was diverse – ranging from CV writing, LinkedIn profiles through to interview technique – and helped to assist all colleagues in securing new roles very quickly. Julie is personable, friendly and very attentive and contributed to making a difficult process, far easier. I would like to personally thank her for the work performed and would recommend her very highly. Thank you.”
William Cameron
Managing Director, London – Institutional Client Services at JTC Group

“Julie supported us during the closure phase of one of our offices. Her outplacement work with colleagues was universally praised and valued. I would recommend her very highly”.
Ray Myers
Previously Managing Director of Wassen Group

“We considered a number of outplacement providers but decided to engage Career Matters to provide a service in the lead up to the closure of our Chichester site. As one of Europe’s largest food and drink groups, we needed to choose the right support for our hard-working staff many of whom have been employed with us for a considerable length of time. We met Julie Harding via video, who listened to our needs and put together a package of support tailored specifically for Princes, Chichester. We considered group training but decided, particularly as any outplacement solution would need to be delivered remotely, that a programme offering optional modules in areas such as CV writing, LinkedIn profiles and interview coaching was right for us. Over a period of four months, Career Matters provided a programme of support and training and 100% of the feedback from staff stated that it was either very valuable or extremely valuable. I am very pleased with Career Matters’ outplacement service and would highly recommend it to other organisations.”
Simon Creasy
HR Business Partner, Princes Limited

“Julie Harding provided outplacement support to a number of staff at risk of redundancy at the RNLI. She proved a very empathetic and knowledgeable facilitator, supporting individuals to see that they had options for new opportunities in the future and giving them confidence to go and seek them out. I would definitely recommend Julie as a provider. She is responsive, flexible and knows her sector”.
Annie Broadbent
Previously People Development Manager at RNLI

“We’ve had Julie facilitating our CV Writing and Interview Skills training for a year now, and the feedback we receive from employees about Julie’s sessions is always really positive. So much so that it prompted us to ask Julie to refresh the content of our Hiring Manager’s accreditation workshop as well and start running them for us. And more recently, during the COVID-19 crisis, Julie moved to offering 1-1 surgeries via Microsoft Teams or Zoom to our employees who are preparing to apply for internal vacancies. Julie has been a delight to work with – professionally she knows her subject matter as an expert should, but it’s her genuinely caring approach that seems to give people that extra level of confidence you need when you’re looking to develop your career. We’re very pleased to have Julie’s support to help us increase internal mobility at OS.”
Alex Wharton
Head of Talent & Resourcing, Ordnance Survey

Attendees Feedback from a 1-day Outplacement Course:

“Thank you, I feel so much better prepared to approach the job market.”

“I now see this redundancy as an opportunity.”

“Timely career support which has helped me regain my confidence.”

“It was a very informative course that provided solid techniques to take away.”

“Effective course led by a good trainer who maintains engagement throughout the day.”

Feedback from 1:1 sessions:

“Julie provided clear and insightful careers guidance and advice, including CV writing and interview preparation. Creating a relaxed and engaging environment to draw the best out of the sessions.”
Glen Mallen
Nimsdai Foundation Executive Director
(Previously Regional Manager – Lifesaving at RNLI)

“I would highly recommend Julie’s services. She helped me to review both my CV and LinkedIn profile. She was able to do a deep dive into my career and draw out the skills I’d acquired over the years to form an updated CV. Her insights into what employers need to see from your CV and LinkedIn profile helped me to build my confidence and put myself out there. After working for the same company for 20 years, it was scary to think I was going to be back on the jobs market, but Julie was able to put my mind at rest through her reassuring approach. Thank you so much Julie I really appreciate the time you spent working with me!”
Claire Dunbar
Head of Learning & Development, The Fostering Network
(previously Fair Ways Training & Development Manager)

“I would highly recommend Julie if you need assistance in preparing to seek your next role. Julie is quite the expert in assisting with CV preparation, how to best use platforms like LinkedIn, how to approach potential employers and interview techniques. She is compassionate in her approach understanding the person she is working with and providing support. Julie has a real knack at putting people at ease and has great listening skills.”
Zoe McCallum
Chief Operating Officer, The Brendoncare Foundation

“Without Julie Harding my chances of getting a job would have been greatly reduced. Having never written a CV, completed an interview or used Linked In Julie took my CV and turned it into a professional document; followed by her superb interview techniques and social media training I was confident to go into the working world after 25 years with the same company. And within 3 weeks of starting to look I have a job offer!”
Stephen White
EHS and Training Officer at Babynov
(Previously Environment, Health & Safety Manager at Princes)

Previous Clients

Apollo Fire Detectors UK

Engineering / Manufacturing


Healthcare & Scientific Instruments


Engineering & Training

Barratt Communications

Systems & Technology


Care Homes Charity





D4t4 Solutions

Data Collection & Management


Financial Services

HCS: Haltermann Carless


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust


Hampshire Fire & Rescue

Public Service

HS Butyl


JTC Group

Financial Services


Marketing & Communications


Aerospace & Defence

Merlin Entertainments


MetOcean Telematics

Defence Engineering

Princes Group

FMCG Food Manufacturing

Royal Caribbean

Leisure & Tourism

Shire (now part of Takeda)




Upton Steel


WSX Enterprise

Management Consultants

Contact Julie Harding at Career Matters for a confidential discussion and help with outplacement.

Based in Fareham in Hampshire, UK, we cover the local areas of Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke and Petersfield, and neighbouring counties Dorset, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex and London. Services to the rest of UK and Europe are deliverable via video and telephone.