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The University’s Office of Human Resources (OHR) offers career transition counseling services to eligible employees through Lee Hecht Harrison. Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) has over 5,500 offices in 60 countries and is the global leader in creating and delivering career transition services. LHH is focused on developing and delivering the highest quality career transition and career development services to eligible employees that will assist them in connecting to their next position quickly and well. The employee will be notified of eligibility at the time of the layoff information session by the OHR Layoff Coordinator.

Career transition counseling services are offered to all permanent SHRA and EHRA non-faculty employees whose employment is ended due to budget reduction/loss of funds excluding those separated due to the exercise of a funding contingency.

A workshop delivered by LHH at UNC-Chapel Hill over two full days, or four half-days, as determined by the Layoff Coordinator to best meet the needs of the University and eligible employees. This workshop is designed to prepare the individual to conduct an effective search for new employment. The workshop includes:

Milestone 1: Survey Your Professional Environment
Surveying the current state of your profession and industry, including the key trends shaping the future, and how these trends will affect your career goals.

Milestone 2: Determine Your Professional Objective
A professional objective gives direction to your search, sets the tone for your resume and other communications, and helps you select and prioritize your contact and target lists.

Milestone 3: Constructing Your Resume
A good communications strategy ensures that the key qualifications and assets supporting your professional objective are part of all written and verbal communications and directed to your target market audience.

Milestone 4: Define Your Market
In order to conduct an effective job search, you must know precisely whom you are trying to reach.

Milestone 5: Gather Marketplace Information
With your target market defined, you need to begin gathering information about your marketplace in order to identify organizations that are most likely to meet your personal criteria.

Milestone 6: Get Your Message Out
Getting the message out about who you are and what you have to offer people who are likely to hire you is at the heart of the job search process.

Milestone 7: Talk With Hiring Managers
Although it takes one person to make the decision to hire you, it generally takes many conversations with hiring managers to uncover the right opportunity.

Milestone 8: Consider Other Methods of Search
Getting the word out by talking to people remains the most effective job search method, but there are other methods you will want to consider.

Milestone 9: Interview, Cultivate Offers and Negotiate
Every discussion with hiring managers should be considered an interview.

Milestone 10: Transition into a New Position
A successful transition is complete once you are established in your new role.

Personalized Coaching
Two one-on-one coaching sessions are offered to address and customize a plan to meet the individual’s specific needs and concerns.