Challenger, Gray & Christmas Blog

Posted 2 years 11 months ago

SVP Pete Tzavalas welcomed Ken Barry, President of WWH Coaching, to discuss the crucial first 100 days on the job.

Thanks to all who attended to discuss this important topic!

Posted 2 years 11 months ago

Most hiring managers agree a thank you note is crucial to the interview process. We have heard hiring authorities say they have taken candidates off their lists when they failed to receive one.

It's easy to do, and yet many job seekers forego the thank you. Below are a few tips on making the most of your thank you notes.

Email vs. Written Note
Ultimately,... more

Posted 2 years 12 months ago

The Challenger Executive Networking group welcomed Cynthia Solie, global head of talent acquisition for top corporations such as Gardner Denver and IDEX, to discuss the job search process from HR’s perspective. She gave a peek behind the curtain of the recruiting process, as well as best practices for the job search.

First thing’s first: from where are candidates recruited?
The majority of candidates... more
Posted 3 years 10 hours ago

While once considered detrimental, when played right, having many companies on your resume could boost desirability.

In years past, job hopping may have been considered detrimental to a job seeker, but these days, employers like to see a breadth of experience at different organizations. That said, many new companies over a short period of time, especially in varying positions, will... more

Posted 3 years 4 days ago

Bringing children to work every day would be "chaos." - John Challenger

Earlier this week, Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche indicated he would “step away from baseball” after president Ken Williams told the player his 14 year-old son would have to limit his time with the team. If LaRoche carries through with this decision, he would leave $13 million on the table. The controversy almost caused... more

Posted 3 years 5 days ago


Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, there is no denying that politics today seem more divisive and contentious. This contentiousness can easily spread into our personal lives, as we exchange views on the issues and the candidates with friends, family and co-workers. We are curious to know whether political discussions... more

Posted 3 years 2 weeks ago

It’s said that the loss of one’s job is second in grief only to the loss of a loved one. If that isn’t tough, I’m not sure what is. Career changes are humbling experiences. There’s no easy way around it.

Our egos take a hit... Our mental chatter begins...
“Where did I go wrong?”
“How did I get here?”
“What will my family think?”
“Am I a failure?”
“Will I EVER find a new job?”

Down the spiral of negativity you... more

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

Many people find it difficult to brag about themselves. However, it is imperative in an interview. More than half of the people interviewing for jobs fail to win an offer simply because they failed to sell their accomplishments.

The natural tendency for most job seekers is to behave modestly in a job interview. Although humility is usually an attractive trait, it will work against... more

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

Pete Tzavalas and Challenger sponsored a photography session at the NHRA LA/OC Summit in Long Beach CA on Jan 26. 380 people attended the event with about 50 receiving photos from us for their LinkedIn and social media.

“We are big believers in having a quality picture for your LinkedIn profile," said Pete.

Thanks to all who attended!

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

Have you wondered how to distinguish yourself from competitors in your search for a new job?

An effective approach is to prove you are a goal-oriented employee. In this respect, your most important forum is the face-to-face interview.

It always is a good idea to sell yourself as a goal-oriented employee because employers are goal-oriented themselves. One of their goals is to find the best-qualified people who can make an immediate contribution to the... more