CareerBuilder Survey Suggests an Uptick in Jobs

CareerBuilder recently conducted a nationwide survey of 900+ workers laid off within the last 12 months. The findings don't paint the entire picture of the job landscape, but they do shed light on a few factors that can impact a job search. Here are some of the key findings from the survey and some things to consider for conducting a more realistic and rewarding search.

Some employers are starting to re-hire.

Fifty-seven percent of workers laid off in the past six months have been re-hired by their former employer.

Tip: Try to stay connected with past bosses and colleagues and continue to follow what's happening at your previous employer. Many employers realize they have cut too deep and now they are starting to cautiously hire additional staff. If you make an effort to continue to stay connected to your previous employer, you may be top of mind if a new position opens up.

Salary may or may not be negotiable.

Forty percent of workers who were laid off in the last three months found jobs. Nearly forty percent found a position with a comparable or higher salary; Sixty-one percent took a pay cut.

Tip: If you can't negotiate a comparable salary, you may be able to negotiate for other things that are important to you. The company may offer you a Blackberry or a laptop or a free parking space or more personal days than you had with your last employer. Explore the options for sweetening the pot with other perks that are important to you.

Career reinvention may be a necessity.

Sixty-four percent of workers who were laid off in the last six months and landed new jobs said they found work in a different field than where they were previously employed.

Tip: Research what industries and jobs are trending up in your community; the local library is a great place to start. The Department of Labor offers vouchers for retraining for certain fields. Find out if you are eligible. Examine your current skill set and figure out which of those skills are transferable to another industry or job function. Then network, network, network to find people who can help make the right introductions for you.

Being flexible improves your chances of landing faster.

Forty-six percent of workers who were laid off in the last six months and found jobs relocated.

Tip: If relocation is not realistic for you, examine your options. Would you be willing to commute further or work out an arrangement where you split your time between a traditional and a home office? As the world becomes flatter, geography becomes less of an issue. If the work you do could be done virtually, create a proposal that addresses how the arrangement would benefit an employer.

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

Sixty-three percent of workers who found jobs in the past six months plan to stay with their current employers when the economy turns around while thirty-seven percent plan to change employers once the market turns around.

Tip: Another thing to consider is that some people are leaving their current jobs voluntarily even in a down economy for many different reasons. A job that is no longer a good fit for them might be perfect for you.

Maybe you don't have to be a corporate stiff.

Thirty-two percent of workers laid off in the past six months and have not found jobs are thinking about starting their own business.

Tip: Starting your own business is not right for everyone, but if it is something you are considering, get some help. Check out the free services from SCORE and talk to others who have their own business. Be introspective about yourself to figure out if you are the type of person who would do well without having others direct your work.

2010 is looking better than 2009.

Fifty-one percent of workers laid off in the last three months have found full-time or part-time positions. That number is up from the November 2009 survey, when only forty-four percent of those surveyed had found a full-time or part-time position after three months.

Tip: Some people view a potential uptick in the jobs numbers as bogus if their search is stalled. They assume that if they are not getting hired, no one is. Don't buy into this. Hanging around toxic people will derail your search. Focus on what you can do to move forward and surround yourself with other positive people.

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