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ERIC Number: EJ818510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Job Search as Goal-Directed Behavior: Objectives and Methods
Van Hoye, Greet; Saks, Alan M.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v73 n3 p358-367 Dec 2008
This study investigated the relationship between job search objectives (finding a new job/turnover, staying aware of job alternatives, developing a professional network, and obtaining leverage against an employer) and job search methods (looking at job ads, visiting job sites, networking, contacting employment agencies, contacting employers, and submitting applications). In a sample of 205 employed individuals from Belgium and Romania, job search objectives were significantly related to job search methods even after job satisfaction was controlled. Furthermore, particular objectives predicted specific methods. While the finding a new job/turnover objective predicted all search methods, staying aware of alternatives predicted using job ads and sites; the network objective predicted networking and contacting employers; and the leverage objective predicted contacting employers. Results suggest that search objectives are important for understanding job seekers' search behavior and support the view that job search is a self-regulatory process that begins with objectives which activate search behavior. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Romania