This study explored differences in the antecedents and consequences of job search behavior depending on gender and family situation in a large, nationwide sample of the Dutch population. Using Ajzen’s (1991) theory of planned behavior (TPB), we found no gender differences in the antecedents of job seeking. However, family situation did affect the relations in the TPB, such that personal attitude was a slightly weaker, and perceived social pressure a stronger predictor of job seeking for individuals with families than for singles. Concerning the consequences, job search behavior significantly predicted the chances of finding (new) employment, but not job satisfaction in the new job and the level of agreement between the obtained and wanted job.

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Journal of Vocational Behavior
Department of Psychology

van Hooft, E., Born, M., Taris, T., & van der Flier, H. (2005). Predictors and outcomes of job search behavior: the moderating effects of gender and family situation. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 67(2), 133–152. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2004.11.005