Is job search related to employment quality? It all depends on the fit

Alan M. Saks, Blake Ashforth

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Abstract

In this longitudinal study on job search, fit perceptions, and employment quality, 113 graduates completed surveys prior to organizational entry and 4 months after entry. Job search behavior and career planning were positively related to pre-entry person-job (P-J) and person-organization (P-O) fit perceptions, and pre-entry P-J fit perceptions mediated the relationship between career planning and postentry P-J fit perceptions. P-J and P-O fit perceptions were positively related to job and organizational attitudes, and pre-entry P-J fit perceptions mediated the relationship between career planning and job attitudes. Further, the relationships between pre-entry fit perceptions and employment quality were mediated by postentry fit perceptions. These results indicate that P-J and P-O fit perceptions play an important role in linking job search to employment quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-654
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume87
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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