Challenger, Gray & Christmas Blog

Posted 5 years 1 month ago

Even as the economy improves and talent becomes more difficult to find, employers remain selective when it comes to adding entry-level workers. As a result, internships have become increasingly vital when it comes to securing post-graduation employment.

“Internships are more important than ever, but not all internship programs are created equal. Many employers do not have any type of strategy when it comes to utilizing and educating their interns. In these... more

Posted 5 years 1 month ago

Teenagers seeking summer employment are expected to enjoy a better job market this year, according to a recent outlook by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

While most of the available jobs are in traditional places, such as retail, recreation, and food service, teenagers should look for employment off the beaten path, advises John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“The Internet has... more

Posted 5 years 2 months ago

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) continues to press President Obama this week over terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which the president is trying to fast track through Congress. Warren’s concerns include potential stipulations that may make it easier for multinational corporations to move jobs overseas, thus negatively impacting the US economy and wages, while also weakening labor and environmental regulations. Warren’s biggest concern is over the... more

Posted 5 years 4 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 5 years 5 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 5 years 6 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 5 years 6 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 5 years 7 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