Career Coaches Offering Free Tips Over the Phone

By Toni Vranjes

December 26, 2011 1 Comment

Would you like some extra encouragement during your job search this holiday season? If so, you may be interested in an upcoming “job-search call-in.”

This week, prominent outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas will hold its 26th annual call-in, which allows job seekers to receive free advice from professional career coaches. To speak with the firm’s career counselors, call (312) 422-5010. Challenger Gray will be taking calls tomorrow and Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm CST.

According to the firm, a common complaint from job seekers is that they send out countless resumes — and never receive a reply from anyone. The firm emphasizes that simply posting resumes online and answering classified ads isn’t enough. To be effective, you’re also advised to:

  • Tell everyone you know that you’re searching for work. Discuss your situation with family, friends, neighbors, former co-workers, and others. Also consider joining new professional associations, volunteer groups, and other organizations. By taking these steps, hopefully you’ll receive emotional support and job leads.
  • Contact the hiring manager — not Human Resources. The people in charge of the various departments (such as the head of sales or the head of IT) usually decide when new employees are needed. According to the firm, the HR department typically doesn’t make the final hiring decision, unless the job opening is in HR. So if possible, find the name of the hiring manager and contact that person directly.
  • When searching for work, consider a wide variety of industries, companies and cities.
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One Comments to “Career Coaches Offering Free Tips Over the Phone”
  1. Joel A says:

    Dang! Missed this one!

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