Job-Finding Professionals Offer Advice for Seekers

December 27, 2011

A Chicago-based outplacement company is taking time out from work to offer job seekers advice on how to find some.

The 26th annual Challenger Gray & Christmas job-search call-in is taking place on December 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. During that time, the firm’s staff of professional counselors will provide free job-search advice to callers all over the country.

woman looking nervous holding a folder that says resumesThe number to call is 312-422-5010.

“The employment situation did see some improvement in 2011,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, one of the best job-search companies in the country.

“Unfortunately, the recovery has a long way to go with more than 13 million Americans out of work, another 6.6 million who have abandoned the job search but still want a job, and nearly 5.7 million who have been unemployed for six months or longer.”

Challenger sees the job market steadily — albeit slowly — improving in 2012. Job cuts are slowing down, but job growth is also frustratingly slow. That doesn’t mean, however, that new jobs are not being created.

“It is important to remember that the employment market is a fluid environment — it is constantly changing,” said Challenger. “Part of a successful job search is being in the right place at the right time. We try to provide callers with some strategies that will increase the odds of them being in the best position when job openings do materialize.”

Challenger says that each year, the firm hears from frustrated callers who have sent out hundreds of resumes and responded to countless online and newspaper help-wanted ads but never hear back from anyone.

“Unfortunately, simply posting resumes on Internet job sites and answering classified ads rarely work, even in a good job market. These activities are even less effective in a weak job market,” Challenger said.

“It is critical to aggressively build and take advantage of one’s professional and social networks. Let everyone know that you are seeking a position. When more people know, the greater your chances of hearing about new opportunities, meeting the right people and getting a foot in the door.”

Job seekers can also get job-search advice at the firm’s website at or through its blog at

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