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|CHRR, Guide to Recruitment & Staffing|Last Updated: 05/20/2003

U.S. job seekers waste time surfing…

New York

— It’s taking nearly 23 per cent longer for unemployed Americans to find jobs than it did during the last recession, and the Internet may be the problem according to John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., an international outplacement firm. He said a growing number of unemployed workers waste time browsing the estimated 4,000 to 5,000 online job boards, blanketing them with resumes and then waiting for a call back. Since March 2001, the average duration of unemployment has grown to 15.2 weeks, 23 per cent longer than the 12.4 weeks it took job seekers to find jobs during the pre-Internet recession in the early ’90s.

… but Canadians are savvy surfers