On the wisdom of assertive job-seeking behavior

Mary Cianni-Surridge, John J. Horan

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Employer ratings of 16 frequently advocated assertive job-seeking behaviors were summarized in terms of whether or not each would enhance or diminish the applicant's chances for being offered employment. These ratings were further subjected to an Applicant Sex × Industry Size MANOVA. Data were derived from 272 employers listed as business or industrial organizations in the 1981 College Placement Annual. Some behaviors were clearly adaptive; others appeared to be self-defeating. The applicant's sex proved irrelevant to hiring decisions; however, company size influenced the employment potential of 5 assertive behaviors. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-214
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of counseling psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1983


  • assertive job seeking behaviors, enhancement vs diminishment of employment chances, job applicants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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