The outcomes and correlates of job search objectives: searching to leave or searching for leverage? Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors investigate a previously overlooked yet important objective for employee job search--seeking leverage against the current employer. They explore the outcomes and correlates of leverage-seeking search and how it may differ from the more traditional objective for engaging in job search--to change jobs. Results show that leverage-seeking and separation-seeking search objectives associate with different outcomes. The authors also find that characteristics of the work situation and individual differences associate with leverage-seeking search and relate differently with the 2 job search objectives. Implications for practice and the advancement of job search research are discussed.

published proceedings

  • J Appl Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Boswell, W. R., Boudreau, J. W., & Dunford, B. B.

citation count

  • 50

complete list of authors

  • Boswell, Wendy R||Boudreau, John W||Dunford, Benjamin B

publication date

  • December 2004