Older job seekers' job search intensity: The interplay of proactive personality, age and occupational future time perspective

Zacher, Hannes (2013) Older job seekers' job search intensity: The interplay of proactive personality, age and occupational future time perspective. Age and Ageing, 33(7), pp. 1139-1166.

View at publisher


Long-term unemployment of older people can have severe consequences for individuals, communities and ultimately economies, and is therefore a serious concern in countries with an ageing population. However, the interplay of chronological age and other individual difference characteristics in predicting older job seekers' job search is so far not well understood. This study investigated relationships among age, proactive personality, occupational future time perspective (FTP) and job search intensity of 182 job seekers between 43 and 77 years in Australia. Results were mostly consistent with expectations based on a combination of socio-emotional selectivity theory and the notion of compensatory psychological resources. Proactive personality was positively related to job search intensity and age was negatively related to job search intensity. Age moderated the relationship between proactive personality and job search intensity, such that the relationship was stronger at higher compared to lower ages. One dimension of occupational FTP (perceived remaining time left in the occupational context) mediated this moderating effect, but not the overall relationship between age and job search intensity. Implications for future research, including the interplay of occupational FTP and proactive personality, and some tentative practical implications are discussed.

Impact and interest:

14 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™
15 citations in Web of Science®

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 92356
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Future time perspective, Proactive personality, Job search, Older job seekers, Socioemotional Selectivity
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X12000451
ISSN: 0002-0729
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2016 00:29
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 04:50

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page