41% of laid off workers back on the job in 3 months

A new survey from CareerBuilder.com found that 41% of workers who were laid off from full-time jobs in the last three months reported that they had found a new full-time, permanent position, while an additional 8% found part-time work.

"This is encouraging news for the 3.3 million workers who have lost their jobs in recent months," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "It's going to take longer to find a job in today's market, but there are opportunities out there in key areas such as healthcare, government, education, sales and technology. It's important to devote five hours or more to your job search every day, check online listings, talk to recruiters, join social networking sites -- use all the resources you have available to you."

The survey only included 807 workers, but it has to be seen as good news.

Of course it's bad news for people who are graduating college over the next few months: The job market is contracting and people who are losing their jobs are finding new jobs, apparently relatively quickly. So where are the jobs for young people? No one knows.

In a press release, CareerBuilder offered the following tips for job seekers:

  • Keep an open mind - Make a list of your current skills and look at a variety of job postings inside and outside your field to see how they measure up to the job requirements. You may be able to fill in gaps through an online certification or even through volunteering, which employers do regard as relevant experience.
  • Go beyond the basics: Ask a graphic designer to help you with your resume to make it eye-catching. Show off your skills with a digital portfolio of your work or follow-up with an opinion on a relevant article or industry news item after your interview.
  • Relentlessly use social media: Get on professional and social networking sites, Twitter or write your own blog to create a recognizable personal brand online and connect with industry insiders. Create a Facebook group of your own and invite recruiters and hiring managers to join.
  • Make yourself searchable: Make sure to include keywords from the employer's job posting in your resume and cover letter, so your application shows up closer to the top in employer searches.
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