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.

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 47

publication date

  • January 2004