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Posted 2 days 17 hours ago

Last Thursday, Target announced it planned to hire 120,000 workers for the holiday season, surpassing last year by 20 percent. This is the largest holiday hiring plan by a traditional retailer since Challenger began tracking these announcements in 2012. It is equal only to Amazon's announcement to hire 120,000 workers in 2017.

Meanwhile, JCPenney told Challenger it planned... more

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Posted 6 days 17 hours ago

The holiday hiring season is off to a strong start, as major announcements from Macy’s and FedEx can attest. Retailers and logistics companies are gearing up for a huge shopping season in light of a solid economy and high consumer confidence. This will translate into more jobs added for seasonal hiring, according to a forecast released Thursday from global outplacement and executive coaching firm... more

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Posted 1 week 18 hours ago

Turnover among CEOs of U.S.-based companies soared in August, as 154 chief executive officers left their posts during the month. This is the month with the highest number of CEO changes on record, according to a report released Wednesday by global outplacement consultancy and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

August’s departures... more

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Posted 2 weeks 5 hours ago

The pace of downsizing in August rose to the third-highest total for the year, as U.S.-based employers announced plans to cut 38,472 jobs, according to a report released Thursday by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

August’s job cut plans are the highest since March, when 60,357 cuts were recorded, and the third... more

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Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago


The onset of new recruitment technologies and ubiquitous online job boards has led most companies to post at least some of their positions online in order to cast the widest net. However, the recruitment strategy that includes posting job ads to social media may miss a huge swath of some of the most valuable talent - older professionals, according to one workplace authority.
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Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

With the new school year just beginning, parents everywhere have new and returning concerns for their children. While every good parent wants their child to succeed, many are willing to do whatever it takes to help, which could impact their children’s resourcefulness in the workplace, according to one workplace authority.

“Sometimes, well-intentioned parents go a bit too... more

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Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago


VP Pam Taylor, top right, and SVP Cindi Cervone Carlson, bottom center.


Our SVP Cindi Cervone Carlson and VP Pam Taylor hosted an end-of-summer cocktail party at III Forks for members of their respective networking groups, The Challenger Executive HR Group (CEHRG) and Challenger HR Alliance (CHRA), comprised of... more
Posted 1 month 4 days ago

The percentage of job seekers relocating for new employment has fallen dramatically since the late 1980s, when over one-third of job seekers were willing to move for a new position. Just 11 percent of job seekers relocated for work over the last decade, compared to nearly 19 percent of workers who relocated for new positions in the previous decade, according to new... more

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago


Gwen Parker, long-time team member who led a number of Challenger's administrative teams, as well as managed special projects and client programs, retired... more

Posted 1 month 1 week ago

A total of 94 Chief Executive Officers left their posts in July, up 4 percent from June’s total of 90, according to a report released Wednesday by global outplacement consultancy and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

July departures are 8 percent lower than the 102 CEOs who left their posts in the same month last year. So far this year... more

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