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Job search information behaviours: An ego-net study of networking amongst young job-seekers

Mowbray, John; Hall, Hazel; Raeside, Robert; Robertson, Peter J.


John Mowbray

Hazel Hall


Networking is considered an integral feature of job search, yet its behavioural manifestation has received little attention in the extant literature. Here this is addressed in a study of young job-seekers that adopted an egocentric network approach underpinned by Information Behaviour theory, with specific reference to Wilson's model of information needs and seeking. The analysis of data from semi-structured interviews reveals that job-seekers acquire a broad range of job search information from contacts in their networks, and that the contributions of such contacts extend beyond the sharing of job vacancy alerts. In addition, in cases where social media platforms are accessed by job-seekers, these facilitate crucial ties to industry contacts, and provide valuable informational opportunities to those who adopt them. These findings contribute to a widened understanding of the information behaviours that support the effective mobilisation of contacts within social networks during job search, and are of particular


Mowbray, J., Hall, H., Raeside, R., & Robertson, P. J. (2018). Job search information behaviours: An ego-net study of networking amongst young job-seekers. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 50(3), 239-253.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2018
Online Publication Date May 9, 2018
Publication Date 2018-09
Deposit Date Jan 11, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 11, 2018
Journal Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Print ISSN 0961-0006
Electronic ISSN 1741-6477
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 3
Pages 239-253
Keywords Employment; employability; information behavior theory; job-seekers; networking; policy; social capital; social media; social network analysis; young people
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