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Researchers Identify Key Cause of Job Search Failure

A new study shows that job seekers who learn how to job search are 2.67 times more likely to find employment than those who do not. Lack of job search skills, rather than lack of occupational skills, is a key factor in job search failure, according to researchers Songqi Liu (Pennsylvania State University), Jason L. Huang (Wayne State University), and Mo Wang (University of Florida), who published their findings in the Psychological Bulletin.

The study analyzed data from more than 9,500 job seekers in nearly 50 job search classes and training programs. The job search skills taught in these programs included identifying job leads and presenting one’s self well in resumes and job interviews. The odds of getting hired increased even more if the job search training included motivational aspects, such as proactivity (5.88 times higher), goal setting (4.67 times), and social support (4.27 times).

Job search training “could become more effective by combining both skill development-focused and motivation enhancement-focused techniques,” said the researchers.

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Career Action Resources, LLC, originally published this information as an e-newsletter article on Aug. 6, 2014, and expanded it for this Career Action blog post.