Development of the «Getting Ready for your Next Job» inventory for unemployed individuals

Connie R Wanberg, Zhen Zhang, Erica W. Diehn

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This article describes the development of a self-administered inventory to provide unemployed job seekers of varying education levels and backgrounds with insight into their job search. The inventory was refined in 5 phases with multiple samples. Evidence for predictive validity was provided by examining the relationship between the inventory components ( job-search intensity, Internet use, job-search confidence, job-search clarity, support, stress and worry, skills, barriers, job-search experience, difference between last wage and wage desired, time spent in job search, and number of interviews in last 2 weeks) and employment outcomes several months later. The inventory, titled " Getting Ready for Your Next Job" (YNJ), is shown in the Appendix. Interested users may download a PDF or Microsoft Word version of the YNJ from

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-478
Number of pages40
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010


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