Challenger, Gray & Christmas Blog

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

Just like romantic relationships, the relationship between you and your job can suffer if you don’t nourish it. So, in addition to rekindling the magic with your significant other this Valentine’s Day, the workplace and employment authorities at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. suggest giving thought to ways you might feel that spark at your job.

The latest data indicates that many Americans would simply like to break up with their jobs. More than 2.7 million... more

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

The falling price of oil, now at under $50 a barrel for the first time since 2009, has caused a spate of layoff announcements impacting thousands of workers in oil-related industries, according to a tally recorded by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. Since June 2014, Challenger has tracked 21,917 US job cuts by oil and oil-related industries. Most recently, oil field services giant Schlumberger announced 9,000 job cuts and Baker Hughes reported... more

Posted 4 years 10 months ago


With the regular NFL season coming to a close for all but those good enough to make the playoffs, the Monday morning news has been barraged with reports of fired coaches, and even some general managers. In Chicago, head coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery are both reportedly receiving their pink slips today.

Workplace authority John Challenger, chief executive officer of Chicago-based... more

Posted 4 years 11 months ago

During your job search, you will generate lots of files. If you want to be more productive and keep your sanity, you need to use all tools at your disposal to track resume versions, contacts, cover letters, meetings, etc.

The following are easy suggestions to keep your job search organized:

  • Create folders on your computer, each with the name of the Company you are applying for a job. Within each folder, save all files that belong to the... more
Posted 4 years 11 months ago

The following are our top ten networking rules that could show you the path to success at your next networking engagement. Remember, the benefits that are reaped from networking are directly aligned to the effort that you put into the process.

  1. Believe in yourself: review your resume and interview questions and answers as a reminder of how good you are, and how much you have accomplished. Maintain your confidence.
  2. ... more
Posted 4 years 12 months ago

In today’s job market, recruiters are not content with a great smile and a killer resume. Those are great tools that work towards the creation and maintenance of a professional image. But, alas, they are not the only ones.

When searching for a job, a winning image goes beyond the paper resume, the nice smile, and freshly pressed suit. Your image travels through cyber space and includes emails, social media, virtual interviews, teleconferences, voice mail greetings and... more

Posted 4 years 12 months ago

Even if you're not a salesperson, when looking for a job, your only job is to sell yourself. You're convincing employers that they need you, that they can't keep doing business without you, and the best way to do this is to craft a compelling professional story.

The resume is the the first tool available to you to tell this professional story. Think of it as your brochure, the job of which is to sell you, the product to your target audience, the employer.

The... more

Posted 5 years 2 weeks ago

Despite the increased attention given to workplace bullying in recent years, current statistics suggest that it remains a widespread problem, with nearly one-third of the nation’s workers having faced some type of on-the-job bullying.

The latest study from the Workplace Bullying Institute ( indicates that 20 percent of workers... more