Be Happy, Don't Wait: The Role of Trait Affect in Job Search
In this study we developed and tested a self-regulatory model of trait affect in job search. Specifically, we theorized that trait positive and negative affect would influence both motivation control and procrastination, and these mediating variables would, in turn, influence job search outcomes through job search intensity. Using longitudinal data from 245 graduating students who were searching for a full-time position, we found that positive, but not negative, affect influenced the self-regulatory variables of motivation control and procrastination, which in turn influenced the job search outcomes. Procrastination had direct effects on the number of first interviews, controlling for job search intensity, and on the number of second interviews, controlling for first interviews, suggesting the importance of timeliness of job search activities. We discuss the implications of such results for understanding the role of affect and self-regulation in the job search process and for measuring the quality as well as quantity (i.e., intensity) of job search tactics. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Turban, Daniel B., Felissa K. Lee, Serge P. da Motta Veiga, Dana L. Haggard, and Sharon Y. Wu. "Be happy, don't wait: The role of trait affect in job search." Personnel Psychology 66, no. 2 (2013): 483-514.