Title page for ETD etd-02152006-093546

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Boutte, Michael L.
Author's Email Address mboutt1@lsu.edu
URN etd-02152006-093546
Title Variation in Job Search Strategies: Job Search Strategies and Job Retention in Louisiana
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Joachim Singelmann Committee Chair
Mariano Sana Committee Member
Tim Slack Committee Member
  • job search
  • employment
  • job retention
  • social networks
Date of Defense 2005-12-19
Availability unrestricted
The majority of sociological research on job search strategies has focused primarily on social networks with little attention given to all other forms of job search. Also, much of the existing literature focuses on outcomes of a job search as opposed to the search itself. This paper seeks to expand the job search literature by focusing on the characteristics that determine which job search method an individual will use and then predicting job retention as a result of the job search method. Using data from the Louisiana Job Search Survey (2002) I find that network structure has an effect on choosing personal contacts as a job search method. Particularly, having a higher proportion of weak ties in the network leads to higher probabilities of using personal contacts. I also find that job search methods vary by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. I do not find that the job search method a person uses has an effect on job retention. The overall findings suggest that job search is not determined by personal characteristics, but instead seems to be related to the situations that surround job searches.
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