Job Mobility and Social Ties : Social Resources , Prior Job , and Status Attainment

  • Wegener B
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Abstract

Microlevel mobility research argues that job changes depend on the job seeker's social network and social ties. Job seekers find better jobs by contacting persons with superior knowledge and influence. These contact persons are usually others with whom the job seeker has only weak ties. Life history data from Germany demonstrate the necessity of considering the multidimensional nature of social ties and the interaction between social ties and status of prior job when predicting job mobility. Results suggest some modification of micromobil- ity theory because individuals with high status prior jobs benefit from weak social ties, whereas individuals with low status prior jobs do not.

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