Researchers Find Planning, Positive Emotions Key to Employment Success



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Story posted: Sept. 30, 2009

By: Daniel Turban

COLUMBIA, Mo. – With America’s unemployment rate higher than it has been in decades, many people find themselves looking for jobs. The process can be tiring and, in such a competitive climate, receiving that final job offer is challenging. In a new study, researchers at the University of Missouri focus on what job seekers need to get ahead of the competition. The Mizzou scientists found that certain planning activities and positive emotions have a large impact on success in finding a job. “We found it most interesting that metacognitive activities­– thinking about a plan, acting on a plan and reflecting upon that plan­– were important early in the job search while having positive emotions were important later in the job search,” said Department of Management in the MU Cynthia Stevens, associate professor of human resource management and organizational behavior at the University of Maryland, and “Effects of Conscientiousness and Extraversion on New Labor Market Entrants’ Job Search: The Mediating Role of Metacognitive Activities and Positive Emotions.” The study was published recently in Personnel Psychology. MU News Bureau:

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