Counselors Providing Free Tips for the Unemployed

By Toni Vranjes

December 26, 2012

A holiday tradition continues this year, when the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas holds its 27th annual “job-search call-in.”

Tomorrow and Friday, discouraged job seekers can get free career tips by calling (312) 422-5010. Professional career counselors will be taking calls from 9 am to 5 pm CST on both days.

The event is relevant to many people. About 12 million Americans are unemployed, while millions more either have dropped out of the labor force, or are working part-time because they can’t find full-time work.

On the firm’s blog, CEO John A. Challenger wrote that he expects the job market to continue its gradual improvement in 2013. He notes that one element of an effective job-search approach is “being in the right place at the right time.” Callers will learn strategies aimed at boosting their odds of “being in the best position” when jobs do open up, he wrote.

Some of the general advice: expand your contacts through networking, and consider jobs in a variety of industries, companies and cities. Another tip: be open to jobs at financially struggling companies, because they’re seeking people who can help turn around the business.

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