Snatch up laid-off workers now — and beat the rush

If your company is thinking about snatching up some of the talent that’s been displaced during the recession’s record layoffs, you may want to act soon.

Almost half (48%) of the workers who were laid off from their full-time jobs in the past three months have found new, full-time work — up from 41% in March.

That’s according to a recent CareerBuilder survey of 921 employees who were laid off from full-time jobs within the last 12 months.

Another 3% of laid-off workers found part-time work, which is down from 8%.

The survey also looked at a variety of characteristics of the individuals returning to work and found:

  • 56% were able to negotiate comparable or higher pay for new positions
  • 44% took a pay cut with their new position
  • 38% found work in a different field than they were previously employed in, and
  • 20% found work in a new city or state.

The bottom line: If you’re in a position to add staff, experts say do it now.

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