New research uncovers an uplifting reality about the grueling job-search process: Those who stick with it ultimately get rewarded.

Study of the Day


PROBLEM: Staying motivated in a job search is tough. The arduous routine of submitting resumes, going on interviews, and making countless phone calls gradually takes it toll on candidates, who often face repeated rejection. “Searching for a job isn’t like learning a skill, where maintaining a positive attitude may be easier as you see improvement with effort,” says psychologist Ruth Kanfer in a statement. “Beyond landing a job, you get almost no feedback.”


(If anyone would like a copy of the study please email me on, article will be available in a few months – Conduit)

Abstract: We propose and examine a self-regulatory framework focused on understanding the dynamics of job search intensity and mental health over the first several months of unemployment. We use a repeated-measures design, surveying newly unemployed individuals weekly for 20 weeks. Through the lens of our framework, we test relationships pertaining to the role of motivational ‘traits’ (i.e., temporally stable approach and avoidance motivations) and self-regulatory ‘states’ (i.e., more transient motivation control and self-defeating cognition) in predicting job seekers’ search intensity and mental health over the duration of our study.The findings provide evidence on the dynamics of the job search journey. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]