Employee Job Search: Toward an Understanding of Search Context and Search Objectives

Journal of Management, Vol. 38, p. 129, 2012

Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2012-5

37 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2012 Last revised: 23 Oct 2012

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Wendy R. Boswell

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Brian W. Swider

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Ryan D. Zimmerman

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Date Written: September 30, 2011

Abstract

Job search behaviors occur across various contexts, involving diverse populations of job seekers searching for employment opportunities. In particular, individuals may search for their first jobs following a period of education, may seek reemployment following job loss, or may search for new opportunities while currently employed. Research in each of these contexts has evolved somewhat separately, yet there is value to applying the ideas and findings from one search context to other search contexts. The purpose of this article is to review the prior research in each of the three job search contexts and offer an integrative analysis of the predictors, processes, consequences, and varying objectives of job search behavior across an individual’s potential employment situations (i.e., new entrant, job loser, employed job seeker). Implications for future research on job search behavior are discussed

Keywords: job search, recruiting, unemployment, turnover

Suggested Citation

Boswell, Wendy R. and Swider, Brian W. and Zimmerman, Ryan D., Employee Job Search: Toward an Understanding of Search Context and Search Objectives (September 30, 2011). Journal of Management, Vol. 38, p. 129, 2012 ; Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2012-5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1991351

Wendy R. Boswell (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Brian W. Swider

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Ryan D. Zimmerman

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

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