Predictors and outcomes of networking intensity among unemployed job seekers

Connie R. Wanberg, Ruth Kanfer, Joseph T. Banas

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This study examined predictors and outcomes of networking intensity (i.e., individual actions directed toward contacting friends, acquaintances, and referrals to get information, leads, or advice on getting a job) during the job searches of a sample of unemployed individuals. The study used a Big Five framework, in which extraversion and conscientiousness were associated with both higher levels of networking intensity and higher use of other traditional job-search methods. Networking comfort (a procedure-specific constellation of evaluative beliefs depicting attitudes toward using networking as a job-search method) was positively related to networking intensity above and beyond the effects of personality. Networking intensity did not provide incremental prediction of unemployment insurance exhaustion, reemployment or reemployment speed, or job satisfaction when intensity of use of other job-search methods was considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-503
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2000

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