Challenger, Gray & Christmas Blog

Posted 3 years 4 weeks ago

Rick Cobb, executive vice president of Chicago-based outplacement and executive coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., has been appointed to the board of CASA of Cook County. (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

A long-time member of the Chicago business community, Cobb will lever his experience and network of professionals to help CASA provide more one-on-one support to Cook County’s abused and neglected... more

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

Last week we gave you a contact strategy for your job search. (You can view it here: http://www.challengergray.com/press/blog/job-search-monday-creating-cont...) Today, we want you to schedule meetings with four new people a day! It may seem like a lofty goal, but the more people you meet, the more likely someone will know someone who can make a decision to hire... more

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

The Art of the ASK. What separates successful people from the masses?

My two brothers were angry when they first heard I’d be studying abroad, “This is BS, Dad! Why does Cindi get to study in Spain!? We never got to!” My father’s response? Simple.

“Cindi asked.”

I work with professionals and executives every day. You would be flabbergasted how many of them (unfortunately mostly women) just wait to be noticed and rewarded.... more

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

An effective contact strategy takes research, initiative, and accuracy all important ingredients of a successful job search. Research is required to assemble your contact list. Initiative is required to place calls and visit every single person on that list. Accuracy is required because you will need to confirm the spelling and pronunciation of each person’s name as well as his or her title.

There are two components to an effective contact strategy: assembling... more

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

This week, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced she was pregnant with twins and expected to work throughout her pregnancy, only taking a short break after the birth, as she did with her first child in 2012. Critics suggested her evasion of the extended leave time she herself initiated at Yahoo! would discourage employees from taking advantage of the benefit themselves. This isn’t the first time Mayer has come... more

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

We're so happy to have so many of our coaches together for training!

Posted 3 years 1 month ago


Kevin Scanlon, GATX, Cathie Hollowell, Pam Taylor, and Kate Wollensak, Alzheimer's Association.

Members of the Challenger team had an absolute blast at the HRMAC golf outing this past week at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, IL.

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Posted 3 years 1 month ago

Our coaches are the backbone of our business, meeting with, planning for, and guiding our clients throughout their job searches. This year, we gathered at the Field Museum in Chicago to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate a great year!


These strong women of Challenger have something else to celebrate. All are breast cancer... more
Posted 3 years 2 months ago

You're always a winner when you're with friends! And the great people in Human Resources.

We co-hosted a wonderful event with Brad Newpoff at Talent RISE search firm this past week. Brad graciously hosted an amazing cocktail party at his home prior to the game. Unfortunately, the Cubs got killed.

We always enjoy spending time with our HR community, especially in such a fun setting. Thanks, Brad and Talent RISE!

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Posted 3 years 2 months ago

Challenger is a proud sponsor of this year's Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles! VP Pete Tzavalas and CEO John Challenger attended the opening ceremonies on July 25, 2015.

CEO John Challenger with the Ivory Coast delegation.

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