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Skilled and Hourly Workers Expect to Find Jobs Faster than Salaried Workers, Survey Reveals

CHICAGO, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Finding a job these days may be easier for skilled and hourly workers than salaried workers, according to's "On the Job 2002" survey of more than 2,200 respondents. Forty-five percent of skilled and hourly workers expressed confidence that it would take less than a month for them to find a comparable job if they were laid off while twenty-three percent of salaried workers expected to find a job in less than a month.

Sixty-two percent of skilled and hourly workers anticipated that they would find a comparable job in two months or less. On the other hand, 60 percent of salaried workers estimated that their job search would last longer than two months and 23 percent anticipated a job search of six months or longer.

"Skilled and hourly workers are far more optimistic about quickly finding a job in today's economy than salaried workers," said Dawn Haden, senior career expert with CareerBuilder. "When skilled and hourly workers decide to change jobs, it is often motivated by the desire to move to a better job."

When asked for the primary reason why they planned to change jobs, the majority of all workers surveyed indicated that they wanted to find a better job. Other reasons given for changing jobs were layoffs (9 percent), moving to another area (7 percent), and wanting a job closer to home (5 percent).

When asked what influences their perception of a job being better, skilled and hourly workers ranked salary as the most important job factor (90 percent), followed by a balance of work and life (84 percent), benefits (82 percent), relationship with their direct supervisor (76 percent) and workplace safety (75 percent).

Typically, skilled and hourly workers used a variety of resources to locate their next job. The majority of all workers surveyed reported that they used classified ads in newspapers, newspaper Web sites and national job/career Web sites during the job hunt. Workers ranked the following resources as those used most often to find a job:

1. Classified ads in newspapers

2. Networking

3. National job/career Web sites

4. Newspaper Web sites

5. Recruiters/headhunters and Web sites of professional associations or

organizations (tie)

"As we begin to see improvement in the economy, skilled and hourly workers will be on the lookout for a better job," continued Haden. "They will be poised and ready to seek out new employment opportunities that perhaps offer better salaries and benefits, desired responsibilities and schedules, and more inviting work environments."

Haden offered the following tips for maximizing job search efforts:
* Gain skill and experience whenever possible to build your repertoire of capabilities.
* Network with family, friends and business associates.
* Post your professional profile and/or resume on a national job/career Web site.
* Demonstrate your value before you get the job by opening the interview with discussion of your key accomplishments.

The Survey
The survey, "On the Job 2002," was conducted from October 23 to December 5, 2002 of more than 2,200 survey respondents. To collect data for The Survey
, commissioned SurveySite to use an e-mail methodology whereby individuals who are members of The Survey
Site Web Panel were randomly selected and approached by e-mail invitation to participate in the online survey. The results of this survey are accurate within +/- 2.0 percent (19 times out of 20).

About CareerBuilder
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