Challenger, Gray & Christmas Blog

Posted 5 years 11 months ago
Posted 5 years 11 months ago

Watch CEO John Challenger talk about our Job Seeker Call-In LIVE on WGN.

Posted 5 years 12 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 6 years 2 weeks 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 6 years 3 weeks 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 6 years 1 month ago

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

Posted 6 years 1 month 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 6 years 1 month 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 6 years 1 month 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