Title

Student Perceptions of the Employability of Work versus Educational Experience and Traditional versus Non-Traditional Students

Date

5-26-2016 1:30 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 3:30 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime M. Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jaime M. Cloud

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Current research has yet to fully explore the perceptions of different individuals’ employability. Therefore, the aim of the current study sought to examine the perceptions of potential employment based on different types of experience. It was hypothesized that individuals with non-traditional work experience would be perceived as most hirable compared to traditional educational experience, non-traditional educational experience, and traditional work experience. Participants were randomly assigned in a between-subjects design to view a combination of a cover letter that emphasized traditional or non-traditional experience, and a resume that emphasized work or educational experience. All participants were given an eleven-item hiring questionnaire rating the questions on a scale of 1=very unlikely to 4=very likely. Data will be evaluated with a 2x2 Analysis of Variance. Results, implications, and future recommendations will be discussed.

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May 26th, 1:30 PM May 26th, 3:30 PM

Student Perceptions of the Employability of Work versus Educational Experience and Traditional versus Non-Traditional Students

WUC Pacific Room

Current research has yet to fully explore the perceptions of different individuals’ employability. Therefore, the aim of the current study sought to examine the perceptions of potential employment based on different types of experience. It was hypothesized that individuals with non-traditional work experience would be perceived as most hirable compared to traditional educational experience, non-traditional educational experience, and traditional work experience. Participants were randomly assigned in a between-subjects design to view a combination of a cover letter that emphasized traditional or non-traditional experience, and a resume that emphasized work or educational experience. All participants were given an eleven-item hiring questionnaire rating the questions on a scale of 1=very unlikely to 4=very likely. Data will be evaluated with a 2x2 Analysis of Variance. Results, implications, and future recommendations will be discussed.