Towers Perrin said 56% of the Fortune 1,000 employees they randomly surveyed said they were in the job market. Forty percent said they had talked to friends at other companies. About 36% had researched job postings over the Internet, and 30% had talked to a former colleague who had recently left their company. Some had taken all or just one or two of those steps.
The high-tech industry, which once inspired job jumping among its employees, now shows little movement.
Robert Adkins is an unemployed database administrator in Fairfax County, Va., who lost his job this year. Adkins' wife, Connie, recently became an Oracle Certified Professional, an information technology certification that proves she can build and manager Oracle databases for clients.