Job-search persistence during unemployment: A 10-wave longitudinal study

Connie R Wanberg, Theresa M Glomb, Zhaoli Song, Sarah Sorenson

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Dynamic predictors of job-search intensity over time are examined in a large 10-wave longitudinal study of unemployed individuals. Two sets of variables relevant to the examination of job search from a dynamic, self-regulatory perspective - core self-evaluations (T. A. Judge, A. Erez, & J. E. Bono, 1998) and the theory of planned behavior (I. Ajzen, 1991) - were used to guide our examination. Results suggest core self-evaluation is related to average levels of job-search intensity over time. Job-search intentions mediated the relationship between subjective norms and job-search self-efficacy in the prediction of job-search intensity in the following 2 weeks. Both Time 1 and cumulative job-search intensity predict reemployment. This repeated-measures study contributes to research on job search that has been primarily cross-sectional or included few time waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-430
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2005


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