02 Sep '12, 5pm

Laid-off sailors say job firm hired by #Navy a waste of time, money

Laid-off sailors say job firm hired by #Navy a waste of time, money

When the Navy announced last year that it would eliminate the jobs of 3,000 enlisted sailors, it did something unprecedented - it turned to the private sector to help them find jobs. The Navy paid Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based placement firm, $5 million to provide career coaches, job leads, resume help and other services to the affected sailors, who spent seven to 15 years in uniform. That's the equivalent of $1,666 per sailor. Advertisement It was a waste of money, say at least a half-dozen members of the service who worked with Challenger - and a waste of their time. "If I hadn't contacted them, I think I would have been farther along than I am now," said George McKay, 34, of Chesapeake, a Navy veteran of nearly 15 years whose job as an electronics maintenance supervisor ended Saturday in the ERB - Enlisted Retention Board - reductions. McKay, who is look...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/laid-off-sailors-say-job-firm...

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