According to New TrueCareers Survey
RESTON, Va., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Neither the poor economy nor high
unemployment rates are stopping Americans from their fun in the sun. That's the
finding in a new survey by TrueCareers, the leading online job board for
finding professional, degreed candidates quickly and easily.
In the survey, more than 77 percent of respondents say they plan to take a
summer vacation of at least three or more consecutive days off. Among the
respondents who do not plan to take a vacation this summer, 17 percent report
job loss or the need to save money as their reasons for postponing vacations.
Only 3 percent of individuals say they either do not generally take vacations
or find it too difficult to take off from work.
When asked about vacation destinations, respondents indicate several different
options. A resort or an amusement park such as Disney World or Six Flags is
the choice of 17 percent of respondents while another 17 percent plan to
vacation overseas. Twenty-three percent say they will spend their vacation at
home or at the home of relatives. A large U.S. city such as New York or Los
Angeles is the destination of choice for 15 percent of respondents
Nearly 60 percent of respondents say they generally use all their earned
vacation time. Additionally, nearly 70 percent say they work in an environment
where they feel comfortable taking time off.
The survey also finds that the majority of respondents use their earned leave
time on a regular basis with few large gaps of time from one vacation to the
next. For instance, 35 percent say they took a vacation earlier this year
while 40 percent say they took time off in 2002. Only 16 percent say their
last vacation was at least two years ago.
"In these stressful times, it is good to know that people still put a priority
on taking time out for themselves and their families," said Cecelia Dwyer,
president, TrueCareers. "Employers can continue to help reduce workplace
stress by encouraging employees to use their hard-earned vacation time."
The survey, conducted on www.TrueCareers.com during June 2003, is part of a
monthly survey series for job candidates and employers on a variety of timely,
career-related topics. For more information about TrueCareers, individuals can
TrueCareers is the leading online job board for finding professional, degreed
candidates quickly and easily. As a division of Sallie Mae, the nation's
leading education loan provider, TrueCareers supplies educated job candidates
to the nation's leading employers, saving companies both time and money.
TrueCareers has been featured in the WEDDLE's guides to employment Web sites
and named to the CAREERXROADS 50 Best of the Best List for 2003. Additionally,
TrueCareers received recognition in the New York Times as an "effective job
site" and in TIME Magazine. TrueCareers is a leading source for career issues
and has been quoted by CNN, CBS Marke****ch, USA Today, and BusinessWeek.
information to third parties. For more information visit www.TrueCareers.com
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Web site: http://www.truecareers.com
07/09/2003 11:00 EDT