December 8, 2010
Holiday helpline offered for job seekers
Out of work this holiday season? Nearing the end of your current employment contract or military service? Executive outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas wants to help.
On Monday and Tuesday, December 27 and 28, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific time, the Chicago-based firm will run its 25th annual national job search call-in. In lieu of its normal business operations, the firm will have a cadre of job search counselors on hand to provide free advice to job seekers nationwide. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call them with your questions.
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Current and former members of the military, take note. This year, Challenger will have a group of job search counselors on hand solely dedicated to serving the needs of job seekers transitioning from military duty to civilian life, including veterans, reservists, and military personnel nearing the end of their service period. Not sure how to explain how all those impressive skills you acquired in the military would serve an employer outside the defense sector? Challenger's counselors can help. And if you've never conducted a job search outside the military, Challenger's counselors can help you get started.
The call-in number for this two-day employment helpfest is 312-422-5010. Yes, this is a toll call, but the price of admission is far less than you'd pay a career coach for the same service. So prep your questions and mark your calendar. When you're looking for work in a tough job market, there's no such thing as too much professional advice.
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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