Moving beyond job search quantity: Towards a conceptualization and self-regulatory framework of job search quality

Edwin A.J. Van Hooft, Connie R. Wanberg, Greet van Hoye

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Abstract

Job seeking is an important aspect throughout people’s careers. Extant theory and research has focused on one particular dimension of job search, that is, intensity/effort (i.e., job search quantity), posing that intensity/effort importantly affects employment success. The present conceptual paper extends job search theory by arguing for the importance of job search quality in explaining job search and employment success. We conceptualize job search quality as consisting of process quality and product/behavior quality, and propose that high-quality job search products/behaviors are more likely with a high-quality job search process. A four-phased cyclical self-regulatory model is presented, spe-cifying the components of job search process quality. We build theory regarding the interrelations between quality components, the antecedents and outcomes of job search quality, and the moderators of these relations. This theory offers new and more detailed explanations for previous findings, directions for future research, and practical guidelines regarding (re)employment success and services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-40
Number of pages38
JournalOrganizational Psychology Review
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research awarded to the first author (Grant 451.06.003), a Postdoctoral Fellow grant from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) awarded to the third author, a visitors grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research awarded to the department of Work and Organizational Psychology of the University of Amsterdam (Grant 040.11.149), and the FMG-UvA Research Priority Grant on Affect Regulation.

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Keywords

  • Careers
  • Human resource management
  • Motivation

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