Job Search & Theory

Job Search &

The job search & WORP1003
Theoretical frameworks:
Social networks
Labour market
Assessment 1
The Job Search
There is a vast
amount of
literature on the
job search.
How does your
experience and
what you learnt
during WORP 1003
connect to this

Make use of the knowledge and experience gained
from engaging with the WORP 1003 module.
How did the WORP 1003 module help you obtain a
How did it prepare you for the job search?
Strength of Weak Ties (Granovetter, 1973)
Do leads for new jobs come through strong or weak
Strong: More motivation to help you, since they know you
Weak: Likely less overlap with leads you can easily get
Study shows that weak wins
Most job referrals come through those who we see
rarely: old school friends, former co-workers, etc.

Strength of Weak Ties & Searching for jobs online
The rise of online resources to find jobs poses a
challenge to the strength of weak ties theory.
Internet searches are an important part of the modern
job search
When using online contacts – strong online ties as
opposed to weak online ties are more important.
For more information see:
Piercy, C. W. and Lee, S. K. (2019) A typology of job search
sources: Exploring the changing nature of job search
New Media & Society, 21(6), pp. 1173–1191.
Job Search – Other Areas
Gofl & Lang (2019) find that recent immigrants
(to Canada) benefit from close ties to find their
first job. Especially ties to family and friends
already living in the host country

Search Theory
Search theory is widely used in economics to examine
labour market and job search topics.
Christopher Pissarides is a key contributor to this
Search theory highlights the importance of information
and uncertainty on the rational decision taken by the
Market frictions will affect the search, recruiting, training
and other forms of match specific capital, influencing the
equilibrium level of employment
Skilled persons will earn more when searching outcomes
sort them in workplaces that match with their skills

Several theoretical frameworks have been
presented on the job search – chiefly those
connected to networks and finding a job. These can
be used in the first assessment – however, you can
go beyond this and identify other theories from the
literature that connect with your experience.

Job Search Reading List
Anderson, M. H. and Sun, P. Y. (2017) Reviewing leadership styles: Overlaps and the need for a new ‘fullrange’theory, International Journal of Management Reviews, 19(1), pp. 76–96.
Dörner, D. and Funke, J. (2017) Complex Problem Solving: What It Is and What It Is Not,
Frontiers in
, 8, [online] Available at:
(Accessed 7 July 2019).
Goel, D. and Lang, K. (2019) Social ties and the job search of recent immigrants,
ILR Review, 72(2), pp.
Granovetter, M. S. (1973) The strength of weak ties,
American journal of sociology, pp. 1360–1380.
Greenberg, J. and Fernandez, R. M. (2016) The Strength of Weak Ties inMBA Job Search: A Within–Person
Sociological Science, 3, pp. 296–316.
Iyengar, R. V. (2015) MBA: The soft and hard skills that matter,
IUP Journal of Soft Skills, 9(1), p. 7.
Pissarides, C. A. and Wadsworth, J. (1994) On-the-job search: Some empirical evidence from Britain,
European Economic Review, 38(2), pp. 385–401.
Rogerson, R., Shimer, R. and Wright, R. (2005) Search-theoretic models of the labor market: A survey,
Journal of economic literature, 43(4), pp. 959–988.
Assessment 1: The Job Search
Describe your current placement job, and reflect
how you found and obtained the job. Focus on how
your job search relates to theory.
Words: 3000 words (not including the appendix)
Weight: 30% of your final grade
Assessment 1: Structure
Use a reflective cycle (see the resources on Moodle) to critically
reflect on your job search process.
Literature review on the theory of job search.
How does your job search relate to a theory of the job search?
What would you have done differently – based on the theory?
Appendix – include job description

Assessment 1: Mark Scheme

Marking Criteria Marks allocated to
Proper application of a reflective cycle. Covers all aspects, providing an critically examination of the job
search process against a model of good practice.
The work is well researched – there is a clear reference to a theoretical framework for the job search.
Refers to peer reviewed journal articles (amongst other sources).
Structure and Style
The clarity, the logic and the presentation of the report, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Adherence to the report structure provided.
The use of an adequate reference list and a proper and consistent Harvard referencing style
Job Description & WORP 1003 Engagement
You have included job description in the Appendix
Level of engagement with WORP 1003

Assessment 1:Dates And Deadlines
Deadline is the
7th December

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