Your Christmas Gift This Year: Free Job Advice

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — It’s almost that time of year again – and no, this isn’t a reminder to finish your holiday shopping, especially since many consumers have already done that.

Challenger, Gray & Christmas is getting ready to host its annual job search call-in. Job seekers will be able to call the global outplacement firm’s hotline on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST to receive advice from its counselors on how to increase their chances of finding a job in 2011.

The firm’s services are typically available only to individuals who receive outplacement benefits from their former employer.

This is the 26th year Challenger will be hosting its call-in, but the free advice is certainly timely. The firm predicts hiring will remain slow but be a bit more steady in 2012, as the planned job-cut announcements it tracks are up slightly from 2010 though still well below recession levels.

However, the firm is reminding job seekers to remain vigilant and to adapt to the changing market.

“Simply posting resumes on Internet job sites and answering classified ads rarely work, even in a good job market,” John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a press release. “Under current conditions, it is critical that job seekers expand their job search through networking. Job seekers may also want to consider expanding their parameters to include a wide variety of industries, companies and cities.”

You can find a few more tips on how to conduct your job search on the firm’s blog.

Learn about why now is an opportune time to apply for jobs in this MainStreet  article.

—Jeanine Skowronski is staff reporter for MainStreet. You can reach her by email at Skowronski.jeanine@thestreet.com, or follow her on Twitter at @JeanineSko.

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