Magazine article Personnel Journal

Out-of-Work Execs Travel the Superhighway

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Out-of-Work Execs Travel the Superhighway

Article excerpt

A nationwide survey of 512 unemployed managers reveals an interesting trend. It seems that more than half of these managers (51%) have access to the Internet, and 71% of those with access actively are using it to find new jobs, according to research by Lee Hecht Harrison, based in New York City.

To put that in perspective, consider this: A survey conducted by New York Citybased FIND/SVP shows that only 6.4% of U.S. households include at least one Internet user. Fewer than seven out of 100 homes in the general population are connected-but 51 out of 100 managers' households are online.

"By virtue of our clients' professional and economic backgrounds, we expected Internet access and usage to be somewhat higher than the general public's, and it makes sense that people in outplacement would be likely to take advantage of the Internet's job search resources," says Kit Jeffrey, senior VP and head of technology for Lee Hecht Harrison. "But even we were surprised by the large number who have adopted the new technology. …

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