Category Archives: Jobs

Free job-search advice from Challeger, Gray

 
Job OpeningsJob seekers can get free job-search advice this holiday season from global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

Challenger’s annual two-day job-search call-in is scheduled Dec. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

The telephone number is 312-422-5010.

The Chicago consulting firm will suspend regular operations during the call-in period “so that its staff of professional counselors can provide free job-search advice to callers from across the country,” the company said in a news release.

 

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Tenn. a top destination state for jobs

FedEx, Volkswagen and Nissan have helped make Tennessee one of the top destination states for jobs, CNBC reports.

012010vwdealers036.jpgTennessee ranks No. 7 with 141,845 people moving here for work during 2009-2010.

“Tennessee was one of only 15 states whose unemployment rate went down in 2009-2010. Of the 141,845 people who came into the state that year, many came from Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, all of whose unemployment rates had increased,” CNBC says.

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New grad job market improving, but still intense

Job OpeningsCompetition will be intense when new college grads hit the job market this spring, but their chances of landing a job are improving, says a report from outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Some 1.7 million graduates are about to start the grand post-college job hunt. As is usually the case, new grads who are flexible about relocating and those in hot job fields will fare best.

Fields with the best job prospects include: accounting and finance, engineering, computer science, sales and marketing, education, and health care and social services among, according to Challenger’s annual look at the new grad job market.

 

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Knoxville job market best in the nation

Job creation is looking up in Knoxville – way up. A new survey by Manpower Group says that Knoxville will have the strongest job market in the country in the second quarter.

Twenty-five percent of Knoxville employers surveyed said they will be adding jobs in the second quarter, up from 17 percent in the first quarter this year and 18 percent in the second quarter 2011.

Only 1 percent of the metro Knoxville business surveyed said they will be cutting jobs this spring.

“Among survey participants, the Knoxville, TN MSA employment outlook is the best in the nation,” Manpower said in a news release.

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Free job hunting advice Tuesday, Wednesday

Two days of free job-search advice for unemployed workers starts Tuesday.

Global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas will hold its 26th annual national job-search call-in Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 27 and 28) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on both days.

The phone number is 312-422-5010.

Job creation has shown some improvement in recent months, but millions of Americans are still out of work. Challenger will suspend normal operations for the next two days and make its counselors available to provide free job-search advice to callers.

Click here for more info on the Challenger’s call-in.

 

Firm offers free job-search advice on Dec. 27-28

Job creation is showing some improvement, but millions of Americans are still out of work. To help job seekers find work, the global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. will again offer free job-search advice to unemployed workers.

The firm’s 26th annual national job-search call-in will be held Dec. 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

The phone number is 312-422-5010.

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Job fair strategy key for job seekers

Job OpeningsJob fairs are attracting thousands of job seekers these days. Making yourself standout from the
 crowd can be difficult.

Having a plan before you show up at the fair is more important that ever, say the experts at the outplacement consultancy Challenger, Grey and Christmas.

“You cannot go in blind or without a plan. It is important that you know which employers will be there and the types of positions they are trying to fill. Only visit those that align with your objectives,” CEO John Challenger said in a news release.

Challenger offers a laundry list of tips for increasing your chances of scoring a job when a visiting a fair.

 

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It’s all about jobs

The pace of job creation has slowed considerably the last couple of months and experts are divided on whether job creation will speed up in the second half of 2011.

However, some job sectors are doing quite well, according to a Wall Street Journal report published today. Overall, the private sector has added 1.7 million new jobs in the past 12 months, the report says.

Computer systems, restaurants and fabricated metals are among the sectors hiring workers. Sectors shedding the most jobs in the last year include government, construction and telecommunications.

Read the full report here: Where Have America’s Jobs Gone?

My merit badge is missing

In case you missed it, here’s a link to my column in the business section of Sunday’s Knoxville News Sentinel.

In a nutshell, the column asserts that the economy remains painfully slow, but it is creating jobs and isn’t as bad as some on the far right suggest.

Not all readers shared my point of view, but thanks to all who took the time to post a comment.

Some readers posted a few questions that I will attempt to answer.

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Forbes: Knoxville jobs market one of most improved

Knoxville’s job market is one of the most improved in the country, according to a Forbes
Sunset.PE.jpgranking of metropolitan markets published this week.

Knoxville surged 34 spots to rank No. 9 among medium-size cities on Forbes’ 2011 “Best Cities for Jobs” list.

Using federal employment data, researchers based the rankings “on recent growth trends, mid-term growth and long-term growth and momentum.”

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