Nepotism and Career Choice, Job Search, and Job Choice

Edwin A. J. van Hooft

University of Amsterdam

Tracy Stout

Missouri State University

Psychologists have long been interested in questions related to how people choose an occupation or a career, how they search for suitable job opportunities, and how they evaluate and decide between available job alternatives. This is not surprising, since choosing well-fitting careers and jobs positively predicts outcomes related to performance, well-being, and health (for example, Kristof-Brown, Zimmerman, & Johnson, 2005; Tsabari, Tziner, & Meir, 2005). Furthermore, in modern dynamic labor markets, both career decision making and job seeking are no longer limited to graduating students and unemployed people, ...

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