Employment Agreement - HotJobs.com Ltd. and Richard Johnson


May 16, 2001

Mr. Richard Johnson
3 Fernwood Road
Summit, NJ 07901

RE:   EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN HOTJOBS.COM, LTD. AND RICHARD JOHNSON DATED
      AS OF MAY 6TH, 1999 (THE "EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT")

Dear Mr. Johnson:

In connection with your letter of resignation as Chief Executive Officer and
President of HotJobs.com, Ltd. (the "Company") dated as of March 1, 2001, we are
sending this letter to outline the relationship between you and the Company on
an ongoing basis. You have agreed to remain as non-executive Chairman of the
Board of the Company for the time being.

You have resigned as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and President, which
resignation the Company has agreed to treat as if it were a termination of your
employment by the Company "without Cause" as such term is used in Section 4.1(b)
of the Employment Agreement. In full satisfaction of its obligations to you
under Sections 4.3(b)(i) and 4.3(b)(ii) of the Employment Agreement, the Company
has paid to you (i) Basic Compensation (as such term is defined in the
Employment Agreement) earned by you through April 6, 2001 and a lump sum of
$324,657 (representing Basic Compensation at an annual rate of $300,000 from
April 7, 2001 through May 6, 2002). Additionally, pursuant to Section
4.3(b)(iii) of the Employment Agreement, (x) all of your options to purchase
stock of the Company became fully exercisable as of March 1, 2001and shall
remain exercisable for the remainder of their respective terms and (y) any
contractual restrictions including, but not limited to, risks of forfeiture with
respect to your Company stock shall immediately terminate.

Until February 28, 2002, the Company will continue to provide you and your
spouse and dependents with all welfare benefits and coverages in which you were
participating immediately prior to your termination, on terms and conditions no
less favorable to you (on an after-tax basis) than those that applied
immediately prior to your termination, with COBRA rights commencing thereafter.

In full satisfaction of your obligations under Section 5.2 of the Employment
Agreement and under any comparable covenants applying to post-resignation
conduct, you shall not, without the written consent of the Company: (i) until
February 28, 2003, request or advise any supplier, or other person, firm,
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Mr. Richard Johnson
May 16, 2001
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business organization, entity or enterprise having business dealings with the
Company or any subsidiary or affiliate of the Company to withdraw, curtail or
cancel such business dealings; (ii) until February 28, 2003 and subject to the
exclusions set forth in the last sentence of Section 5.2 of the Employment
Agreement, disclose to any third party including, but not limited to, any
competitor or potential competitor of the Company or any subsidiary or affiliate
of the Company any trade secret, know-how or knowledge relating to costs,
products, equipment, merchandising and marketing methods, business plans, or
research results used by, or useful to, the Company or any subsidiary or
affiliate of the Company or other confidential information of the Company; (iii)
until February 28, 2003, induce or attempt to influence any executive of the
Company or any subsidiary or affiliate of the Company to terminate, or in any
way violate the terms of, his or her employment; or (iv) until the earlier of
February 28, 2003 or one year following the date on which you cease to serve as
the Chairman of the Board of the Company, engage directly or engage indirectly
in any business in competition with the business of the Company or its
subsidiaries, provided, however, that ownership of not more than 5% of the
equity securities of any company or similar business venture shall not be deemed
a violation of these restrictions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, beginning as
of May 1, 2002, should the Company fail to meet the minimum financial
qualifications to maintain its stock's listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market, as
set forth in the Nasdaq Stock Market's Regulatory Requirements Manual, or should
the Company's stock no longer be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the
non-competition covenant set forth in (iv) above shall immediately terminate.

Beginning as of March 1, 2001, the Company agrees that its Board members and
officers, so long as they serve in such capacities, will not make any
disparaging public statements or remarks either in writing or verbally regarding
you and you agree that you will not make any disparaging public statements or
remarks either in writing or verbally regarding the Company or its Board members
or officers. The foregoing shall not apply in the context of any litigation or
similar proceedings brought by you or the Company to enforce any rights
hereunder or under the Employment Agreement. Further, nothing shall prevent you,
the Company or its Board members or officers from truthfully and publicly
correcting incorrect public statements or from making truthful disclosures to
the extent required by law, subpoena or order.



Mr. Richard Johnson
May 16, 2001
Page 3

For so long as you serve as non-executive Chairman of the Board of the Company
or April 30, 2002, whichever is later, we agree to pay all of your reasonable
costs and expenses incurred, including phone, fax, and Internet service for your
home office, as well as computing equipment and service. We agree to also
provide you with part-time access to secretarial assistance, as well as use of a
"hotel-style" office at the Company's Manhattan offices on an as-needed basis.

Finally, we agree to reimburse you for all reasonable legal expenses you have
incurred in connection with your resignation as Chief Executive Officer and
President.

Please sign where indicated below to show that you consent and agree to the
provisions contained herein.

Sincerely yours,


/s/ John Murray
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    John Murray
    Director

cc: Robert M. Sedgwick, Esq.


Agreed and consented to by:


/s/ Richard Johnson
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    Richard Johnson