Challenger, Gray & Christmas Blog

Posted 5 years 7 months ago

1. Advertise your job loss. Let friends, family, and those in your professional network know you are actively looking for a job. Make sure they know your skills and what positions interest you.

2. List your professional accomplishments. Write them in a script and memorize them for easy access during networking events or interviews.

3. Write your resume. Use keywords and the language which appears in the job posting. Tailor each resume to the position for... more

Posted 5 years 7 months ago

With millions of Americans still struggling to find work and millions more who have simply given up on the job search altogether, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. will suspend normal business operations for two days so that its staff of professional job-search coaches can provide free advice to callers from across the country.
The firm’s 28th annual two-day national job-search call-in will be held December 26 and 27, from 9:00 a.... more

Posted 5 years 8 months ago

Yesterday, Challenger participated in a chat on careers, trends, and outlook for the health care industry.

We discussed where we would see shortages:

Posted 5 years 8 months ago

Check out who's hiring for the holiday season. Let us know if there are others by dropping a note to press@challengergray.com.

Posted 5 years 8 months ago

Halloween Costumes in the Workplace

Halloween can be more trick than treat for the nation’s employers, who must approach the annual holiday with an eye toward the potential pitfalls. For some employers the pitfalls, ranging from complaints of inappropriate costumes to lost productivity, outweigh the potential positive effects on employee morale and they prohibit staff from observing the holiday in the workplace. Some, however, may embrace the holiday, encouraging employees to wear costumes, bring candy to hand out, or even allow workers with kids to leave early to be home for... more

Posted 5 years 8 months ago

Interviews remain one of the most anxiety-inducing aspects of the job search. Once the resume is in order and applications completed and submitted, the interview, or more specifically, the interviewer, is the last bastion between a job seeker and the position.

Even before a job seeker arrives, a million decisions need to be made. What should I wear? Should I bring a resume? Multiple copies? Should I show up early or right on time? How firm should my handshake be? Should I chew gum? A mint? Where will I dispose of the mint? Should I bring coffee? Reading materials? A list of... more

Posted 5 years 9 months ago

A just-released survey showing that more Americans age 50 and older plan to delay retirement presents some unique challenges to the nation’s employers. In one respect, companies will benefit from these workers’ knowledge and experience, according to workplace authority John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a global consultancy providing job search training and career coaching. “In an era when employers are turning increasingly toward contingent or contract workers, having a stable of seasoned veterans on the payroll is vital to maintaining... more

Posted 5 years 9 months ago

In its annual holiday hiring forecast, global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas predicted holiday hiring to remain flat or decline slightly from last year’s record levels. However, even with a slight decline in overall hiring, national retail chains are expected to hire tens of thousands of seasonal workers across the country. Indeed, retailers and other seasonal hiring companies such as transportation companies like UPS and FedEx have announced plans to hire 464,000 seasonal workers, according to initial tracking by Challenger. Much of this hiring will occur over the... more

Posted 5 years 9 months ago

The government shutdown that went into effect today, due to the inability of Congress to negotiate an agreement on a new budget, could have dire consequences for the economy at large, according to John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“Even if the shutdown lasts just a few days, we are talking about nearly 2.0 million government workers who are bracing themselves for the loss of income resulting from the shutdown. Many may have already started to rein in their spending weeks ago in anticipation of a... more

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