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Challenger, Gray & Christmas Holds 29th Annual Job-Search Call-In

The human resources consultancy will provide free career counseling December 29 and December 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

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Many job seekers put their search on hold during the holidays. Human resources consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas says that’s a mistake. The company is holding its annual job-search call-in today and tomorrow, suspending normal business operations so that its staff can provide free advice to callers from all over the country.

This is the only time of the year Challenger, Gray & Christmas’ services are available to the general public. The firm normally provides counseling only to workers receiving outplacement benefits from their former employers.

“The most important thing is to keep your search going,” says CEO John Challenger. “Assume that a number of people who are your competition have decided that there aren’t really any jobs at this time of year, things are too slow, and so they’ve just decided to put their search on hold. That gives you an edge.”

Challenger recommends candidates take advantage of the holidays to network. He says face-to-face meetings with friends and colleagues are more likely to lead to job offers than searching online and e-mailing résumés by the dozen.

This marks the 29th year for the job-search call-in, which runs December 29 and December 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. The telephone number is 312.422.5010.

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