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ERIC Number: ED016128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 1
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THE JOB HUNT, JOB-SEEKING BEHAVIOR OF UNEMPLOYED WORKERS IN A LOCAL ECONOMY.
BELITSKY, A. HARVEY; SHEPPARD, HAROLD L.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO EXAMINE THE ROLE OF SOCIAL-PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS IN THE JOB-SEEKING EXPERIENCES OF UNEMPLOYED WORKERS. A SAMPLE OF MORE THAN 450 BLUE COLLAR WORKERS AND NEARLY 80 WHITE COLLAR WORKERS SELECTED FROM THE FILES OF THE STATE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, WAS INTERVIEWED. ONCE EMPLOYED, 62 PERCENT OF THE MALE AND 20 PERCENT OF THE FEMALE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS STARTED TO LOOK FOR A NEW JOB WITHIN ONE WEEK. WORKERS EXPECTING A CALL-BACK WERE LESS LIKELY TO SEEK A JOB THAN THOSE NOT EXPECTING TO BE CALLED BACK TO WORK. FRIENDS, RELATIVES, AND OTHER WORKERS WERE THE MAJOR SOURCE OF JOB-LEADS, WITH DIRECT COMPANY APPLICATION SECOND. UNEMPLOYED FEMALE WHITE COLLAR WORKERS, STARTED THEIR JOB HUNT SOONER THAN FEMALE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS, AND RELIED MORE FREQUENTLY ON PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES. WHILE A HEALTHY ECONOMY IS OBVIOUSLY THE BASIC CONDITION FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE JOB-SEEKER, AND HE MUST HAVE THE PROPER SKILLS AND EDUCATION, HIS BEHAVIOR IS HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY HIS ACHIEVEMENT MOTIVATION, HIS ACHIEVEMENT VALUES, AND HIS JOB-INTERVIEW ANXIETY. WORKERS WHO USED THE "WIDE RANGING" APPROACH IN SELECTING COMPANIES AT WHICH TO APPLY, AND WHO TRIED TO GET JOBS "REALLY DIFFERENT" FROM THEIR USUAL AREA, WERE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING EMPLOYMENT. THIS DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR $7.95 FROM THE JOHNS HOPKINS PRESS, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21218. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
Identifiers: PENNSYLVANIA