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Posted September 10, 2013 by

Labor (Day) Pains? Five Surefire Ways to Make Getting Back to Your Post-Summertime Workload Less Painful and More Productive

Mitchell Rigie

Mitchell Rigie

Labor Day typically heralds the (unofficial) end of summer. That means we’ll have to make the annual transition from laid-back, low-pressure August to nose-to-the-grindstone, time-to-get-serious September. You may have taken a vacation this summer, but business challenges, customer demands, and year-end sales goals didn’t. Time to shift your brain from standby mode to “all systems go”…and it’s not always fun or easy. (more…)

Posted August 09, 2013 by

Refreshing Your Search for Work – The Five Key Questions

Man searching for a job in the newspaper

Man searching for a job in the newspaper. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Labor Day is a special time that often times triggers a desire to put away the old and begin anew. Many people look to make changes in their career the same way they pick up the beach chairs and towels and get ready for the fall. They begin to start anew with a fresh attitude towards their job search whether it is for a change of work or to ramp up a current, stagnant search from unemployed to employed. (more…)

Posted August 28, 2012 by

Of all workers laid off from 2009 to 2011, just 56.9% had jobs as of January 2012

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & ChristmasLabor Day kicks off what is typically a more volatile employment environment, as companies adjust payrolls to align with year-end goals and plans for the coming year.  This makes it the ideal time for workers and job seekers alike to reboot their efforts to find or keep a job, according to the workplace authorities at global outplacement and executive coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“For many companies, business activity declines during the summer months, as sales slow and key decision makers take off for vacations.  The pace tends to quicken as the year comes to a close as companies scramble to hit earnings goals and establish objectives for the new year.  As a result, it is not unusual to see a flurry of employment changes in the final four months of the year,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Following the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, it should come as no surprise that this has been one of the worst recoveries.  That point was recently driven home by two reports confirming just how weak this recovery has been. (more…)