First-of-its-kind outplacement e-commerce model optimizes speed-to-service for laid-off employees

SAN JOSE, Calif., February 27, 2018 — RiseSmart, a Randstad company, and one of the world’s largest outplacement providers, today announced the availability of RiseSmart Express™, a suite of career transition solutions and workshops tailored for small and medium businesses. RiseSmart Express helps companies provide soft landings for impacted employees by quickly connecting them to certified career coaches and resume writers, new job opportunities, and a technology platform that facilitates networking and rapid re-employment.

RiseSmart Express is the industry’s first outplacement solution that gives any small and medium organization the ability to purchase outplacement packages a la carte, directly via e-commerce. This expedited process affords business owners, administrators, and departmental leaders the agility to forgo lengthy sales processes and long-term contracts. Instead, customers have immediate access to the transition solutions and workshops that meet their specific needs, budget, and timeline.

“In today’s business climate, we see companies pivot and reshape constantly. The need for change can happen quickly and without much notice,” said Dan Davenport, president and general manager of RiseSmart. “This is why we developed RiseSmart Express. We provide support to impacted employees as fast as 24 hours from the time packages are selected. Fast action is important because the best way to mitigate angst, anger, and distress is to get impacted employees a new job quickly,” he added.

Compared to the national average, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RiseSmart Express accelerates time-to-land by 60% on average, thereby helping to preserve unemployment reserves and employer brands. “Solutions that help employees during their career transitions are badly needed today and can be vitally important to any company's brand and ability to attract great people,” said Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte.

In the U.S., there are roughly 5.9 million small and medium businesses, employing approximately 65 million workers, according to the US Census Bureau. Common workforce restructuring scenarios may include:

  • Consolidation of franchise locations
  • Strategic changes in business directions
  • Reshaping the mix of skills or talent
  • Relocation of offices or departments

The key components of RiseSmart Express are:

  • Resume Development – Professionally-written resumes and cover letters from personal branding experts, along with social profile development/consultation.
  • Personal Coaching – Live sessions with professional career coaches and methodology accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • Connection to Jobs – Curated job opportunities, company contacts, and access to over 6,500 recruiters.
  • Tools and Resources – Actionable content and career planning resources, including premium company information, networking tools, and salary reports.
  • Workshops – A variety of live training sessions to support the needs of employees before, during, and after a layoff.

RiseSmart Express is available in four package options: Spark, Boost, Ignite and Empower. The packages range from $499 to $2,499 per employee, and each is designed to support a particular type of worker, from hourly employees to director level and above. Once purchased, businesses have a full calendar year to use RiseSmart outplacement and career transition services. In addition, alumni participants have access to the technology platform for life.

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About RiseSmart:

RiseSmart, a Randstad company, is the leading provider of contemporary career transition services for organizations in more than 40 industries and 80 countries. The first outplacement and redeployment provider to recognize, and respond to, the new Employee Relationship Economy, RiseSmart’s “beginning to beginning” approach combines dedicated career coaching and personal branding with patented technology and tools to support transitioning employees. RiseSmart partners with HR teams and provides onsite support, specialized training and secure reporting in a results-oriented approach. Founded in 2007, RiseSmart delivers landing rates exceeding 80 percent and time-to-placement 60 percent faster than national averages. The company has earned awards and recognition from more than a dozen organizations, including Bersin by Deloitte, Gartner Inc., the Brandon Hall Group and Fortune magazine. For more information, visit

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27 February 2018

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