How college students' job search self-efficacy and clarity affect job search activities

Zhao Bao1, Ping Luo2
1College of Education Science, and Sontan College, Wuhan University and Guangzhou University, People’s Republic of China
2School of Business, Macau University of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Bao, Z., & Luo, P. (2015). How college students' job search self-efficacy and clarity affect job search activities. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 43(1), 39-52.

Volume 43 Issue 1 | e3889 | Published: February 2015 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2015.43.1.39

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We hypothesized that individuals’ proactive personality would moderate the relationships among job search self-efficacy, job search clarity, and job search activities. However, for those with a strong proactive personality, active job search activity was predicted to be positively related to job search self-efficacy and clarity. Participants were 400 undergraduates randomly selected from various main cities in China. We conducted hierarchical regression analyses and found support for our hypotheses. Implications of these results are discussed and suggestions for job searching practice presented.

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