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Signs Your Career Transition Firm Is on The Decline

Is your career transition partner taking their role seriously? This checklist identifies early warning signs that a career transition firm may have lost interest in their mission.

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Posted On APR 19, 2024 

It's vital for any organization to understand when a service provider is no longer aligned with their strategic needs. This is particularly true for senior HR professionals seeking reliable partners for career transition services. Afterall, your laid off employees are counting on this service for support and to find their next opportunity quickly.


But what happens when your career transition firm shows signs of disengagement?


Here, we provide a checklist that identifies early warning signs that a career transition firm may have lost interest in their mission—and arguably, in your business. From innovation stagnation to poor account management, here's how to spot the red flags.


Stalled Innovation and Thought Leadership


One of the clearest indicators of a disinterested career transition firm is a lack of fresh ideas and contributions to the field.


  • Have they introduced any new products or services in the last year?
  • Are they contributing to thought leadership with insights into career transition trends and strategies?
  • How are they leveraging artificial intelligence to make their business smarter?


The absence of these elements can signal a company that isn't evolving with current market demands, potentially leaving your transitioning employees with outdated support.


Accessibility and Account Management Deterioration


A robust account management structure is non-negotiable, especially when managing large-scale downsizing. But how reachable and responsive is your firm's representative?


  • Is there a difficulty in reaching firm representatives when you need them?
  • Has there been a noticeable erosion in the account management structure?


Effective career transition firms should be on the front lines, ready to manage change no matter its scale—domestically or internationally.


Outmoded Delivery Models


Today's career landscape is about pivoting and adaptability, not merely slotting an individual into a similar role elsewhere.


  • Has the firm updated its delivery models to match career transition's modern reality?
  • Are they stuck in an outmoded framework that focuses purely on job placement instead of career reinvention?


This could mean they are out of touch with contemporary career development approaches that emphasize skill diversification and personal brand building.


Lack of Support for Senior Leaders


Senior and executive leaders are key contributors to your organization and industry. Their career transition needs are often complex and unique.


  • Is there a differentiated program to support the unique needs of senior leaders?
  • Are their services one-size-fits-all, failing to recognize the nuances of executive transitions?


If a transition firm doesn't offer tailored support, they're not adequately engaged in providing the comprehensive care these leaders require.


Geographical Shrinking


An accessible local presence can be essential for personalized, immediate support.


  • Was it announced that the local office has been closed, leaving you to deal with representatives from afar?
  • Is the firm shrinking its geographical footprint without clear communication or strategy?


Being served by someone two states over might indicate a firm retracting its commitment to localized, hands-on services.



For senior HR professionals, the agility and dedication of a career transition firm are paramount to help employees—and the organization—navigate the complexities of downsizing and career change.


Be observant and critical:


  • Look beyond the surface to see if a firm is merely maintaining the status quo or if it is actively pursuing innovation and growth.
  • Assess the firm's responsiveness, adaptability, and understanding of modern career transitions.
  • And finally, ensure the firm values tailored support, especially for your senior leaders, and maintains an accessible local presence.


Only then can you be confident in your career transition partnership and, by extension, in the support your transitioning employees receive.


Remember, commitment and engagement from a career transition firm are indispensable for navigating change successfully and respectfully. Don't settle for anything less.


Learn more about Career Transition at LHH.