CHICAGO (CBS) — The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas wrapped up its annual job advice hotline event Wednesday, and there was no shortage of takers.
As WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports, Challenger, Gray & Christmas has been hosting the free call-in advice sessions for the past 26 years.READ MORE: 'We Couldn't Do Anything': Family Members Wait On Word About Missing Loved One From NC Tubing Accident
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports
This year, chief executive officer John Challenger says the phone lines were jammed with job seekers looking for all kinds of advice.READ MORE: Woodridge Residents Cope With Emotional Impact Of Damage From Sunday Night Tornado
“Long-term joblessness – ‘how do I deal with that issue?’ Being considered for jobs that they felt they were overqualified for; maybe they want to get out of; find something better,” Challenger said.
The firm said 10 percent of the job seekers expected it would take more than a year for them to find work, but 30 percent expected a new job within 3 months. Both are up from last year, according to a survey of 600 callers.
The majority – 65 percent – expected to find a job within six months.MORE NEWS: 3 Year Old Dies After Hit And Run In Bronzeville
Challenger says while the economy is improving, unemployment remains at recession-like levels.