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Welcome to Compass Career Management Solutions

We Help Employers/Employees Proactively Venture Into the Future: Riding the Winds of Change & Opportunities

Balancing Two Sides

Since 1994 Compass Career Management Solutions has assisted a long diverse list of companies across the United States.  Our clients willingly created our business’ name, using specific words that described how our firm’s capabilities uniquely enabled us to address and resolve the challenges of our clients.  Thus, the name given to us became: Compass (giving direction) Career (identifying the best path for our clients) Management (allowing us to orchestrate the most effective process) and Solutions (building clear “procedures” to overcome all obstacles).  Therefore, our company name officially became Compass Career Management Solutions.  Our passion strives to help others take proactive steps for a healthier future.

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Experts in Business & Career Transitions, Talent Management/Development, and Outplacement

Why is Outplacement a Wise & Beneficial Resource?

Poor Communication & a Feeling of Disrespect

When it is necessary to release an employee, even with an employee who seems congenial, the reaction of the employee to the notice from the Supervisor can be extremely hard to hear and accept.  No one enjoys hearing that they are no longer needed or wanted as an employee.  Plus, an employer never knows what is happening at the “home front”.  There could be additional issues and problems with spouses, children, or finances.  The loss of a job can lead to intense emotions.

Outplacement is NOT a placement service, but rather it provides professional assistance and coaching to those in a “career transition”.  This informs and educates a job search candidate about what career options exist, helps the candidate to become more aware of his/her skills, competencies, preferences/priorities, etc.  Even helps to draft a professional resume and become aware of different companies to target.

With all this in mind, Outplacement can provide a buffer or a preventative measure that can remove or reduce the “sting of this news”. By connecting the affected employee with a professional resource, who can offer effective measures and can assist this employee with credible and proactive support, it keeps that employee to feel like being offered a “life line”.

In addition to providing that employee with concrete assistance, it could avoid an upset employee from turning this situation into a legal entanglement.  When released employees tell friends and neighbors of being released, it is quite common for others to suggest suing or attacking that employer with legal ramifications.  Unfortunately, such steps can often work against the employee, causing negative feelings to escalate, leading to increased negativity, making that employee less appealing to other employers.

The support of Outplacement can avoid all that and move the employee forward in a positive direction.  This benefits both the employer and exiting employee.  Outplacement can avoid a difficult situation from becoming a devastating event.  Compass Career Management Solution has successfully assisted a multitude of such events for over 27 years with a wide range of industries, and in 35 states.

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Our Executive HR Coaches have over 20+ years in business and human resources experience. Our clientele recognizes and values the insight, exposure, and high integrity we share with their organizations. Our executive coaching enables their leaders to make sound, strategic decisions, which places them on the continued road of success.

Performance Culture: A Program To Create A Fully Engaged And Productive Workforce

Effective Communication Skills

The top issue or concern relayed by most companies and organizations is “Communication”.  This can be a major problem for most business owners and leaders, as communication is critical to their progress and growth.  It would be considered a “death sentence” to a business if they were known for “poor communication.”  (Once words are said, they cannot be erased)

Open and clear communication is needed between owner and management, management and the general workforce, between management and vendors, as well as between sales and clients.  Good communication is like the “oil for the Tin Man” in the Wizard of Oz.  Effective communication enables the different departments to listen and respond positively to those needs of their counterparts.

In order for any business to receive input and address any issue shared by their counterparts, the first step to “good communication” is to LISTEN carefully and confirm the issue at hand.  From there, identify the main concern and determine or locate the resolution.

This may all sound simple, but if the owner and management team has swept this problem under the rug for very long to avoid any confrontation, it may take a longer time to resolve.  Compass Career Management Solutions has always valued the importance of “Communication”, and we are ready to be of assistance.  Communication is a “key component” to the growth and survival of a business.

  “Good Leaders Command Respect and Trust”

Good Leaders Command Respect and Trust

Leadership Training

“A Critical Investment in the Future”

Not everyone is meant to be a “LEADER”.  When asked what characteristics or competencies you expect in a “Leader”, many would say: Honest, Dependable, Responsible, Hard-Working, Intelligent, etc.  All of these are good descriptions of a “valuable employee”, BUT are these enough to make a “good LEADER”?  Secondly, does this person WANT to be a LEADER?  Leadership is a HUGE responsibility, and there are many who do NOT want this on their shoulders.  So what does make a good LEADER?

This topic is the first part of LEADERSHIP TRAINING – to discuss and ask if a person is really ready for and wants to be a LEADER?  One young professional told me that she didn’t have “confidence” in her Leader.  That is definitely a bad sign.  Leaders need to possess a personality and behavior that emits high expectations and is trustworthy.  If the Leader does not possess these two traits, it should cause an employer to doubt the person’s leadership potential.

Through a well-developed Leadership program, there are several phases in “developing a strong, effective leader”.  Our process also includes actual experience in “decision making”, as well as learning the specific skills needed to provide “good leadership”.  A person may appear to possess good leadership characteristics, UNTIL they encounter a crisis and are unable to perform the role.  At Compass Career Management our Leadership Development program includes exposure to events that should identify possible “weak links”.  We also believe in the use of occasional “refreshers”.  If a Leader is able to motivate a person to defeat his/her fears in performing a task, it is a good sign of “TRUST”.  Contact Compass Career Management to learn more.

The Importance of Leadership Traits

The Importance of Leadership Traits

Effective Management Training

Employers, do you select inspiring/motivating Managers, or do your Managers cause your “good employees” to leave?

Most employers know that each part of a machine must receive regular maintenance, attention and care in order to continue functioning at its best. Without that cleaning or greasing of the wheels, the machine will stall and eventually come to a halt or break down. Employees are no different – they need regular TLC to perform effectively and efficiently, which Compass Career Management can provide.

Everyone is different, but most persons are hard-working and yet still benefit from clear structure and directions.  In addition, employees also respond well to encouragement, support and respect.  To further invest in good employees, it helps for them to understand “clear expectations” and receive occasional training to strengthen their abilities to do their very best.  With this type of employer-employee relationship the mutual respect and support delivers superior results.

Unfortunately, when employers inadvertently hire a Manager, who is more interested in his/her paycheck or boosting his/her ego by using degrading attitudes and behavior to accentuate “authority”, this is a MAJOR PROBLEM.  It is hard enough to locate “good employees” without having an overzealous “manager” imposing his/her low self-esteem on them.  Therefore, Compass Career Management encourages Employers to be careful about hiring poorly trained managers with negative attitudes.  It is understandable that employers want employees who are dependable and willing to give a hard day’s efforts but only when treated with respect.

Therefore, be selective about those you choose to be managers, and make sure those managers receive a “healthy dose of good management training”.  The training is worth the investment.