Challenger, Gray & Christmas Blog

Posted 3 years 7 months ago

With summer in full swing, some job seekers may feel the best time to look for new positions has passed. That is not the case, according to one authority.

"Traditionally, we see the fewest job cuts in the summer months," said John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

"In fact, many companies' fiscal year-ends occur in the summer, and as budgets... more

Posted 3 years 8 months ago

In addition to networking with established contacts, it is necessary to take a proactive and aggressive approach to uncovering the hidden job market by finding and reaching out to companies and people beyond the scope of your existing network.

As we’ve mentioned often in this blog, the online classified ads or even those in your local paper, probably account for less than 20% of the available job... more

Posted 3 years 9 months ago

Celebrity workplaces are just like ours: potential bullying, resentment, surprise resignations, new positions with better benefits and wages, strained co-worker relationships. All of this reportedly occurred on the set of Live! With Kelly and Michael this week. Co-host Michael Strahan, who became the full-time co-host in September 2012, announced he accepted a full time role with ABC’s Good Morning America. Some reports have suggested Ripa’s bullying... more

Posted 3 years 9 months ago

Our VP Lisa Turesky hosted another successful Challenger Boston Leadership Dinner series featuring world renowned author, speaker, and Harvard Behavioral professor, Dr. Myra White. Leaders from Amag Pharmaceuticals, Eastern Bank, Analogic, Allegro Micro Systems, Partners Health, Peabody Properties, PAREXEL, Eversource, Steward Health, Biogen, SAP, Samsonite, and AngioDynamic enjoyed a great evening of fun, stimulating... more

Posted 3 years 9 months ago

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “What is the #1 mistake job seekers make?” This isn’t the easiest question to answer, simply because job searching is not a linear process and there isn’t one right way of doing it.

That said, there is one mistake that seems to be the most consistent among job searchers right when they enter the market: Job Searchers have a tendency to spend... more

Posted 3 years 9 months ago

SVP David Pinette and Challenger, Gray & Christmas co-present the HR Department of the Year Awards and on April 13, the kickoff event was held at the Union League. Last year's winners Teleflex, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Lassonde Pappas & Affiliated Distributors, pictured above, presented and discussed the nomination process. This year's event will be held November 17 at the Crystal Tea Room.

... more

Posted 3 years 9 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 3 years 9 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 3 years 10 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