Coming Out(placement)

Outplacement services are designed to support employees who are transitioning out of an organization, often due to layoffs, restructuring, or other changes. These services help individuals navigate the challenges of job loss, providing them with the tools and resources needed to find new employment.


5/16/20241 min read

a black and yellow sign that says way out
a black and yellow sign that says way out

Understanding Outplacement Services and Their Importance for LGBTIQ+ Employees

Outplacement services are like fairy godparents for employees transitioning out of an organization. Instead of waving wands, they provide career coaching, resume and LinkedIn profile makeovers, interview prep magic, job search sorcery, and a sprinkle of emotional support. They help folks find their next fabulous gig after the corporate pumpkin turns back into a regular pumpkin.

But not all fairy godparents are created equal. For LGBTIQ+ employees, choosing an outplacement provider with lived experience can make a world of difference in the quality and effectiveness of the support they receive. Here’s why:

1. Understanding Unique Challenges

LGBTIQ+ employees often face unique challenges in the job market, such as dodging trolls of discrimination and bias or searching for the elusive inclusive workplace unicorn. Providers with lived experience can empathize with these challenges and offer tailored advice on how to navigate them. They understand the nuances of coming out in a professional setting, dealing with potential microaggressions, and finding those fabulous LGBTIQ+-friendly employers.

2. Creating a Safe Space

Job loss can be an emotionally vulnerable time, much like waiting for a text back from a cute date. Having a supportive, understanding coach is crucial. An outplacement provider with lived experience creates a safe space where LGBTIQ+ individuals can openly discuss their fears, concerns, and hopes for their next career move. This safe environment fosters trust and allows for more effective and personalized coaching. Think of it as a judgment-free zone where you can be your fabulous self.

3. Building Confidence

Confidence is key when searching for a new job, just like it is when strutting down the runway of life. Providers with lived experience can help LGBTIQ+ employees build and maintain their confidence by affirming their identity and strengths. They offer encouragement and validation, which can be particularly empowering for individuals who may have faced rejection or bias in the past. It’s like having your own personal cheerleader reminding you that you’re amazing and you’ve got this.

4. Networking and Resources

Outplacement providers with lived experience often have extensive networks within the LGBTIQ+ community and can connect clients with inclusive employers, professional groups, and resources. These connections can open doors to opportunities that might otherwise be difficult to access. Additionally, they can provide insights into LGBTIQ+-focused job boards, events, and organizations that can aid in the job search. It’s like having the inside scoop on the best parties in town.

5. Tailored Job Search Strategies

Understanding the landscape of LGBTIQ+ employment issues allows outplacement providers to offer more effective job search strategies. They can advise on how to research companies for inclusivity, how to handle questions about gender identity or sexual orientation during interviews, and how to leverage one's LGBTIQ+ identity as a strength in the job market. It’s like having a playbook for navigating the professional world with flair.

6. Holistic Support

The impact of job loss extends beyond just the professional realm; it affects mental and emotional well-being too. Outplacement providers with lived experience are attuned to the holistic needs of LGBTIQ+ clients. They can recommend mental health resources, support groups, and self-care practices that address the whole person, not just the job seeker. It’s all about taking care of your fabulous self, inside and out.

HiR: Your Partner in Empowerment

At HiR, we specialize in strengths-based coaching and outplacement services tailored for the LGBTIQ+ community. Our team, with lived experience, understands the unique challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ individuals in the job market. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment where clients can openly discuss their career transitions and receive personalized, empathetic guidance. Through our extensive networks and specialized knowledge, we empower our clients to navigate their job search confidently and find inclusive workplaces where they can thrive. Choosing means choosing a partner dedicated to your holistic well-being and professional success.


In today’s competitive job market, outplacement services are like a fabulous sequined cape for individuals transitioning out of an organization. For LGBTIQ+ employees, choosing a provider with lived experience can significantly enhance the support and guidance they receive. These providers bring empathy, understanding, and specialized knowledge that help LGBTIQ+ individuals navigate their career transitions with confidence and resilience.

Investing in outplacement services from providers with lived experience is not just a compassionate choice—it’s a strategic one. It demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and helps ensure that all employees, regardless of their identity, can thrive in their next career chapter. So, let’s raise a glass to new beginnings and fabulous opportunities!