Individual differences in successful job searches following lay-off

A field study was conducted to examine attitudinal and behavioral variables associated with reemployment following job termination.  Thirty-five employees were surveyed within two days following termination.  Of those surveyed, 23 were contacted one month later regarding employment status.  Analyses revealed that reemployed persons were significantly more confident of job search skills and had engaged in a greater number of search behaviors than had individuals who had remained unemployed. No significant differences between the reemployed and still unemployed groups were obtained in affective responses to termination or nonwork-related variables.  The findings suggest that reemployment success is related to individual differences in expectations of successful job search.  Implications for future research on job loss and reemployment are discussed.