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 John Challenger - “Because of the declining numbers of students in computer science and engineering, companies are looking overseas for tech-savvy workers.”
 John Challenger - “The world is not the same as it used to be. Companies pay for skills in an era where brains are more important than brawn, and the forces of automation, globalization, deregulation and competition have changed what this kind of work is worth in the world.”
 John Challenger - “While voracious consumer spending has helped maintain overall economic strength, companies are still hampered by stiff pricing competition from abroad, ... The inability to raise prices has cut into corporate profits, which, in turn, has most certainly contributed to increased job cutting.”
 John Challenger - “Mergeracquisition activity was the second leading cause of job cuts (in January), behind cost-cutting. It will continue to be among the top job-cut reasons this year as an improving economy and increased competition force industry consolidation.”
 John Challenger - “I don't know what company would announce cuts and then not take them all, ... Not only would Wall Street be breathing down their neck, but it would leave workers under a cloud that more cuts must be coming. I don't think they go into these announcements very lightly.”
 John Challenger - “It's a good sign in the face of all these tech cuts, ... I'll bet they can really access great talent right now. To bring that many people into the company when pickings are really good, it should be a real lift for the company.”
 John Challenger - “Even if raises and bonuses are below what they were four or five years ago...rewarding employees who have brought the company through tough times is accepted by more and more companies,”
 John Challenger - “Discuss all the major initiatives you have taken and point to your impact on the company. Then ask for a raise, but don't specify an amount right away,”
 John Challenger - “The big question is how many workers will accept the terms. Too few and the company will be forced to fire workers too many and the company could be forced to refuse some people's wishes to leave.”
 John Challenger - “The company should want you first.”
 John Challenger - “There really was no way to predict where the successful strands would come in the e-world. If you take a company like Yahoo, they got there early, with a lot of money, and were able to go out and hire the very best people.”
 John Challenger - “As people move around in their careers, they look for new opportunities where they can manage people. Sometimes building more structure into a company, like Microsoft has, can give employees more room to grow.”
 John Challenger - “The normal mode of merging is you buy a company and condense the headquarters and the duplicative operations, ... Now, most companies are expanding so rapidly that they need to keep the other company's employees to meet the needs of that expansion.”
 John Challenger - “We see the same thing with job titles. People feel like the company didn't appreciate them or the job they did deserved a higher title, so they change the title.”
 John Challenger - “It can't hurt to talk with an attorney if you feel your severance program is wanting, or if you feel you've been wronged, ... That attorney can then address those issues with the company and act as your agent.”
 John Challenger - “There's also more room when an individual poses some kind of litigation threat to the company over any of the protected kinds of situations like discrimination against age, gender or race, ... That kind of potential exposure to litigation can sometimes be extra leverage for a person to bump up their package.”
 John Challenger - “It's a sign of company maturation as it begins to focus on its core areas,”
 John Challenger - “It's a sign of company maturation as it begins to focus on its core areas.”
 John Challenger - “Higher paid employees represent the core of the institution. They have the best understanding of the company's history, its goals and its culture. They are there to guide the company and its employees. Companies generally have a greater amount of time and money invested in these workers.”
 John Challenger - “The honeymoon is over. Now (Internet companies) are moving into the next phase of the relationship, with the investment community on one side and the employees on the other.”
 John Challenger - “People who don't have a college degree often feel they have to hide that fact - even successful people.”
 John Challenger - “Companies are starving for people with technology skills. I think people are kind of shocked. It's certainly almost taboo in society. Parents tell their kids the last thing they should do is skip college for the big money.”
 John Challenger - “Even as demand and salaries rise, college students should not be lulled into thinking that the job search will be easy or that jobs will be handed to anyone with a degree.”
 John Challenger - “The competition will be fierce for first-time job seekers this year. Not only are there fewer jobs, but the pool of candidates is bigger, ... In addition to their classmates, college graduates will be competing with jobless people formerly in the workforce for one to three years...”
 John Challenger - “It is no wonder that workplace dating is taking off, with more than 28 million young people, some of whom spend more time together in the office than they do outside of work. Employers almost have no choice but to permit interoffice dating,”

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