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Job Search Behaviors of Graduating College Seniors: A Test of the Social Cognitive Model of Career Self-Management

dc.contributor.advisorLent, Robert Wen_US
dc.contributor.authorLim, Robert Hiemen_US
dc.description.abstractDue to a changing employment climate and structure, individuals must become more proactive in the management of their careers (Hesketh, 2001; Russell, 2001). It has become increasingly important to know how to manage career transitions, especially between periods of non-employment and employment. Lent and Brown (2013) proposed a Career Self-Management model that examines the active process of managing one's own career. The purpose of this study is to test the Career Self-Management model by examining the roles that job search support, job search self-efficacy, job search outcome expectations, job search intentions, and conscientiousness play in the prediction of job search behaviors of graduating college seniors (N = 240). The study was conducted at two time points, about three months apart, to account for temporal precedence in the prediction of job search behavior. Multiple mediating effects were tested using bootstrapping. The model accounted for 23% of the variance in the prediction of job search behavior, and only job search intention was a direct predictor of job search behavior. Job search intention was found to mediate the relationship between job search self-efficacy and job search behavior. Job search self-efficacy and job search intention also mediated the relationships of job search support and conscientious to job search behavior. Recommendations for future research and implications for counseling practice are discusseden_US
dc.titleJob Search Behaviors of Graduating College Seniors: A Test of the Social Cognitive Model of Career Self-Managementen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentCounseling and Personnel Servicesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledCounseling psychologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledVocational educationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcareer self-managementen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcollege senioren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledjob search behavioren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledjob search outcome expectationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSocial Cognitive Career Theoryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledvocational psychologyen_US

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