Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Jobless Claims Keep Tulsa Outplacement Company Busy

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Jobless Claims Keep Tulsa Outplacement Company Busy

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For some, losing a job is one of life's most traumatic experiences.

"It is one of the most stressful events someone goes through," said Travis Jones, chief executive of Career Development Partners. "We help work with them from the stages of anger and denial, all the way to excitement as they go back into the workplace."

The Tulsa-based talent management company offers outplacement, executive search and coaching services to organizations across Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Career Development Partners entered 2009 with a name change, new logo and new Web site.

"We help people understand themselves better with our assessment tools and training, help them understand how to create a resume - all so it gives them a better opportunity," said Jones. "They can go back in the community and bring value to their next employer."

Several years ago Jones purchased the company and since then business has steadily increased. Jones said the company has doubled its office size and is debt-free.

Part of the growth stems from hiring more people with industry experience and expanding offerings to include an executive search professional team, he said.

There are several private outplacement companies spread out across the state, Jones said.

Career Development Partners is the only Oklahoma organization that is a member of the firm Career Partners International. CPI has more than 160 offices in 20 countries around the world and is in every state in America.

"In our business we have seasons that are busy," said Jones. "Right now this is a busy time for us."

The Labor Department recently reported that new jobless claims have risen to nearly 600,000 nationwide.

Lifetouch, the nation's largest provider of school photography, recently announced it will close its Tulsa printing plant in March and lay off all 130 workers.

Sherry Riether, human relations manager at Lifetouch, said the company is using Career Development Partners to navigate through the process.

She said it's important for laid-off employees to be prepared as much as possible to go back into the work force.

"An outplacement company helps them get back in the market with a positive outlook," she said. …

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