While news out of Silicon Valley often seems to focus on the latest gadgets and online social networks, at least one venture-backed startup understands that technology can never take the place of real human relationships. That’s why RiseSmart, a leader in next-generation outplacement and RPO solutions, employs a team of Transition Specialists whose mission is to build one-on-one relationships with laid-off workers and to go the extra mile to help them identify, apply for, and secure new jobs.

“When you are laid off, you are worried about family; you are worried about your future. You’ve got a lot of distractions – and this can lead to missed opportunities,” says Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart, whose Transition Concierge™ outplacement solution has quickly earned the business of more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies. “RiseSmart’s Transition Specialists understand this. They know that part of their role is to do whatever it takes to keep our clients focused on the task at hand – finding a new job as quickly as possible.”

Transition Concierge creatively leverages technology to optimize time-to-placement for laid-off workers. Powered by proprietary aggregation and semantic search tools, the virtual solution delivers highly personalized job leads as well as other job search tools to eligible employees on a weekly basis.

But technology is only part of the story. Laid-off workers have access to one-on-one assistance during every step of the job-finding process.

Keeping Jobseekers Focused and Motivated

Often, this personal assistance is a lifeline of support to struggling jobseekers, keeping them motivated and focused in their search.

“One of my clients had to deal with his father becoming very ill and passing away. It took a month out of his job search and was very difficult for him emotionally,” says one Transition Specialist. “When I thought the time was right, I sent him cookies because I knew he had a daughter he absolutely adored who would love them. That started the dialogue going again. He got re-focused, and we eventually got him placed in a new job.”

Zoning in on Each Candidate’s Needs

While other outplacement firms deliver highly standardized or group-oriented services with only token attempts at personalization, the focus at RiseSmart is on the specific needs of individual jobseekers. This approach is built into all aspects of the company’s technology and service platform, and extends to every interaction between a candidate and a Transition Specialist.

“I had one client who had her heart set on a specific Fortune 500 company. She wanted that or nothing else,” says a Transition Specialist. “So we focused all our resources for her on that goal. We identified and paid for her admission to a networking event where we knew her target company would be recruiting, and she ended up getting a job there as a result.”

A Sounding Board for Life and Career

Transition Specialists also help workers who are considering career changes and other major life decisions.

“While I generally expect to use Transition Concierge’s job search tools to help my clients find a new position in their chosen field, sometimes it doesn’t work that way,” one Transition Specialist says. “When people lose their jobs, it’s often a time to reflect on big-picture issues – like, am I really doing what I want to do with my life?

“I am asked to be a sounding board in those situations. One client, after discussing it with me for weeks, decided to stop looking for a job and to open her own retail store instead. It was gratifying to be one of the first people she felt comfortable telling about her dream – and to help give her the strength to follow through with it.”

Going the extra mile for clients has its own rewards, Transition Specialists say.

“When I leave no stone unturned and ultimately help find someone a job, I feel like I’ve pulled that person out of the dumps, brushed them off and gotten them back on their feet,” says one. “It’s the highlight of my day -- every day.”

Note to Media: If you are interested in interviewing RiseSmart Transition Specialists and clients about their job-search experiences, please contact Woody Mosqueda at 408-993-9113 or

For more information, visit www.RiseSmart.com.

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Blog: www.RiseSmart.com/Blog

About RiseSmart

RiseSmart is the leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions. The company leverages a cloud-based technology platform, proven methodologies and one-on-one support to help employers with their workforce strategy, and displaced employees with their career strategy. RiseSmart drives significant ROI to organizations by offering affordable pricing while reducing unemployment insurance taxes and severance costs. RiseSmart has received a wide range of awards and recognition from organizations including Bersin by Deloitte, the Best in Biz, Gartner Inc., the Golden Bridge Awards, LAROCQUE, the Momentum Index, Red Herring, the San Francisco Business Times, SiliconIndia, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, the Stevie Awards and TIE.

RiseSmart, the RiseSmart logo, Transition Concierge, Transition Concierge To-Go, SmartRedeploy, Recruit Concierge, Talent Assurance, Job Assurance, SmartConsult, SmartSource, and Transitioning Talent. Changing Lives. are trademarks of RiseSmart, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information, visit http://www.RiseSmart.com.


for RiseSmart:
Woody Mosqueda, 408-993-9113

21 September 2010

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