ERIC Number: ED117476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Jobseeking Methods Used by American Workers.
Rosenfeld, Carl; And Others
A nationwide sample survey was conducted in Janurary 1973 to investigate the job search methods workers used and their effectiveness. Prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Manpower Administration in cooperation with the Bureau of the Census, the survey covered nearly 16 million employed wage and salary workers 16 years of age and above, who were not in school, and had started their current job in 1972. Two broad categories of search methods are recognized: informal methods, including direct application to employers and asking friends; and formal methods, including State and private employment agencies, school placement offices, union hiring halls, and newspaper advertisements. Seven tables supplement the test, which discusses job seeker characteristics; methods used and their effectiveness; work history and job search; job search timing, duration, and intensity; job refusal; earnings; and suggestions for further study. Half the document is taken up by extensive reference tables. The appendix discusses survey reliability and concepts and presents the questionnaire used. Major findings include: two out of three jobseekers applied directly to employers, with half of them obtaining jobs; greater proportions of blacks than whites asked friends for jobs; and four methods were generally used before a job was found. (LH)
Descriptors: Demography, Employment Services, Individual Characteristics, Job Applicants, Job Application, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Labor Force, Labor Utilization, National Surveys, Occupational Surveys, Questionnaires, Tables (Data), Unemployment
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock Number 029-001-01829-1, $1.35)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.; Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.; Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
Note: Tables A-1 through J-2 may not reproduce well in microfiche due to the small type; Not available in hard copy due to marginal reproducibility of original document