What Re-Employment Looks Like

The Kansas City Star

August 6, 2009

Nearly half (48 percent) of workers laid off from full-time jobs in the last 12 months said in a new CareerBuilder survey that they have found full-time work in the last three months.

That's up from a 41 percent re-employment response in a similar survey in March.

An additional 3 percent said in the new survey that they landed part-time jobs (down from 8 percent in March).

"This is a positive indication that more workers who were laid off from full-time jobs were able to replace them with new full-time positions instead of taking part-time work as an interim measure to generate income," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America.

The survey was based on 921 responses.

Other findings from the survey:

* 56 percent of the workers who found new jobs got comparable or higher pay, and 44 percent took a pay cut.

* 38 percent found work in a different field from where they previously worked.

* 20 percent relocated to a different city for their new jobs.

* 29 percent of those who hadn't found work said they are considering starting their own business.

* 28 percent of the job hunters laid off in the last 12 months said they'd altered their appearance in hopes of making a strong impression.

That included changing hair color or style, losing weight, whitening teeth, changing makeup, having cosmetic procedures, or dressing "younger."

Submitted by Diane Stafford