Individuals without jobs: An empirical study of job-seeking behavior and reemployment

Connie R. Wanberg, John D. Watt, Deborah J. Rumsey

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test a longitudinal model of the demographic, person, and situational variables predictive of job-seeking behavior and reemployment. Participants completed surveys 2 months and 5 months following a layoff. Multiple regression analysis revealed gender, conscientiousness, and job-seeking support as significant predictors of job-seeking behavior. Logistic regression analysis showed age and job-seeking support to be significant predictors of reemployment. Post hoc analyses highlighted an Age × Job-Seeking Frequency interaction as a predictor of reemployment. This interaction suggests that older individuals who engaged in frequent job seeking were less likely to find work than younger individuals who engaged in frequent job seeking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-87
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume81
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1996

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