New York, N.Y-- Nearly one-third of white collar workers who changed jobs during the last year took a pay cut, in part because of bad advice from family and friends, according to a national survey by the experts at Bernard Haldane Associates. Nearly one third of respondents said they relied on friends and family for advice.
"Despite the widespread availability of career experts, most still turn to family and friends for guidance," said Jerry Weinger, Chairman of Bernard Haldane Associates.
The average length of a job search for white collar workers who took a new job was 16 weeks. Twelve percent of respondents reported that their search took more than 21 weeks.
Internet Evolves as Search Tool
Among white collar workers, 67 percent used the Internet during their job search. Of those, 76 percent have e-mailed resumes to potential employers and 48 percent used e-mail to send a thank you note after a job interview. Eighty percent researched a company prior to a job interview and 41 percent went online to find networking contacts who could help them with a job search.
"Most people reported that even strangers were eager to help when contacted for advice on a job search," says Weinger. "Clearly, the Internet is one place where executives can significantly expand their networking pool.”