Change in Job Search Behaviors and Employment Outcomes

Alan M. Saks, Blake Ashforth

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Abstract

This study examined the change in job-search behaviors and employment outcomes of 121 recent university graduates who had not found employment in their final term prior to graduation. Participants completed a questionnaire prior to graduation and again 4 months later. The results of repeated measures analysis of variance indicated that job seekers increased their active job search behavior, formal job-source usage, and search intensity and decreased their job-search anxiety. Although self-esteem and job-search self-efficacy were related to job-search behaviors and outcomes, they did not moderate the change in job seekers' search behavior. As well, change in job-search behavior was related to the number of job interviews and employment status, and the relation between change in job-search behavior and employment status was mediated by the number of job offers received.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-287
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2000

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  • Applied Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Change in Job Search Behaviors and Employment Outcomes. / Saks, Alan M.; Ashforth, Blake.

In: Journal of Vocational Behavior, Vol. 56, No. 2, 04.2000, p. 277-287.

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