Self‐efficacy, goals, and job search behaviors

Isabelle Fort (Université d'Aix‐Marseille, Aix‐en‐Provence, France)
Flora Jacquet (Université d'Aix‐Marseille, Aix‐en‐Provence, France)
Naïs Leroy (Université d'Aix‐Marseille, Aix‐en‐Provence, France)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Publication date: 20 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the relationship between job search self‐efficacy, employment goals, job search planning, job search behaviors and effort allocated to job search.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors expected that employment goals would mediate the effect of job search self‐efficacy on job search planning, job search behaviors and effort allocated to job search. In total, 100 participants completed measures of these concepts. The results are discussed with reference to previous studies and to methodological choices.

Findings

Regression analyses did not confirm the hypotheses. Contrary to expectations, employment goals did not mediate the path between self‐efficacy, job search planning, job search behaviors and effort allocated to job search. Instead, self‐efficacy directly influenced job search planning and job search behaviors.

Originality/value

Few studies have investigated the effect of self‐efficacy on goals in job search domain. This paper fills some of the gaps.

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Citation

Fort, I., Jacquet, F. and Leroy, N. (2011), "Self‐efficacy, goals, and job search behaviors", Career Development International, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 469-481. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620431111168886

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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