Navigating the Black Hole: Explicating Layers of Job Search Context and Adaptational Responses

Connie Wanberg, Gokce Basbug, Edwin A.J. Van Hooft, Archana Samtani

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Abstract

Via a qualitative study, we introduce and elucidate 5 layers of context-related job search demands (omnibus, organizational, social, task, and personal) that are encountered by both employed and unemployed job seekers. We develop a process model to portray the mechanisms (managing mood and motivation, feedback/help seeking, and self-reflection/learning) through which these context-related demands are related to several important job search outcomes. We provide new insight into employed job seekers, showing that they report the job search as full of difficulties, obstacles, and challenges, and that some of these demands parallel those that unemployed job seekers face.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)887-926
Number of pages40
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Volume65
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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