Unfortunate Irony: CareerBuilder Lays Off 300 Employees

It appears some of CareerBuilder’s staffers are going to be looking for new jobs. The job hunting Web site has laid off more than 300 workers, the Chicago Tribunehas confirmed.

The cutbacks reached across multiple departments and locations but hit CareerBuilder’s small business unit the hardest, the Tribune reports. CareerBuilder has a staff of about 2,000, suggesting somewhere in the ballpark of 15 percent got the ax.

The changes aren’t necessarily a surprise when you consider the companies behind the site: CareerBuilder is 50 percent owned by Gannett — which has dealt with enough cutbacks within its own ranks to inspire a dedicated Gannett layoffs Web site — and 30 percent owned by Tribune, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. (McClatchy and Microsoft also own small shares of the company.)

The employees losing their jobs were reportedly given the notice at the end of last week.