In fact, 60% of salaried workers estimated that their job search would last longer than two months, and 23% said six months or longer.
Skilled and hourly workers reported higher optimism for finding a comparable job over the long run as well; with 62% saying they could find a job in two months or less.
Not surprisingly, when asked the perception of a job being better, 90% of skilled and hourly workers responded compensation as the most important factor. Additional reasons given were:
- 84% – a balance of work and life
- 82% – benefits
- 76% – a good relationship with their direct supervisor
- 75% – workplace safety.
Asked what resources they utilize the most to find a new job, skilled and hourly workers report classified ads in newspapers used most often. Additional resources, in order of use, included:
- National job/career Web sites
- Newspaper Web sites
- Web sites of professional associations
The CareerBuilder.com survey was conducted from October 23 to December 5, 2002. Results are based on more than 2,200 survey respondents.