Many laid off workers finding jobs

Despite it being one of the most challenging hiring environments in the nation’s history, 41 per cent of workers who were laid off from full-time jobs in the last three months reported they found a new full-time, permanent position while another eight per cent found part-time work.

Despite it being one of the most challenging hiring environments in the nation’s history, 41 per cent of workers who were laid off from full-time jobs in the last three months reported they found a new full-time, permanent position while another eight per cent found part-time work.

This is according to a survey from CareerBuilder that included 807 workers who were laid off from full-time jobs within the last 12 months. The survey was conducted between Feb. 20 and March 11, 2009.

“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.”

More men than women who were laid off in the last 12 months were able to find full-time employment — 59 per cent of men compared to 49 per cent of women. Comparing age brackets, workers ages 35 to 44 were the most likely to find full-time jobs after a layoff at 68 per cent. Workers ages 18 to 24 were the least likely at 41 per cent.

Workers reported taking pay reductions and adjusting hours to keep a steady paycheck. Nearly half of workers (49 per cent) who were laid off in the last 12 months and landed new positions took a job with less pay; 15 per cent were able to negotiate higher compensation.

Workers said they are expanding their job search beyond their own backyard. Thirteen per cent of workers who were laid off in the last 12 months and found jobs relocated to a new city or state.

Workers reported they are repackaging their resumes for new areas of employment. Thirty-eight per cent of workers who were laid off in the last 12 months and landed new positions said they found work in a different field from where they were previously employed.