ERIC Number: ED026541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
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Promoting Jobfinding Success for the Unemployed. Studies in Employment and Unemployment.
Sheppard, Harold L.; Belitsky, A. Harvey
This brief summary of a much larger empirical study presented in the authors' book, "The Job Hunt: Job-Seeking Behavior of Unemployed Workers in a Local Economy," is presented to call wider attention to some of the more unique and critical aspects of the larger report. The original study, conducted in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1964, involved a sample of 455 male and female blue-collar workers. The study focused on: (1) differences in jobseeking behavior among skilled, semiskilled, and unskilled workers, between old and young workers, and between men and women, (2) the relative effectiveness of the various sources of job information used by jobseekers, and (3) whether the social-psychological factors of achievement motivation, achievement values, and job interview anxiety played a role in the jobseeking behavior of unemployed workers. Among the many findings were: (1) Reemployment success was greatest among those who did not avoid applying to certain companies and who used a wide-ranging job-hunt approach, (2) Social-psychological factors determined, in part, how early unemployed workers began their job search, their method of choosing companies at which to check, the number of companies at which to apply, and other behaviors, and (3) Workers finding new jobs through the State Employment Service had lower motivation and higher anxiety than workers finding new jobs through other techniques. (ET)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Behavior Patterns, Blue Collar Occupations, Employment Services, Job Applicants, Job Application, Motivation, Unemployment
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1101 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (single copies without charge).
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Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.