Employability: A psycho-social construct, its dimensions, and applications

Mel Fugate, Angelo J. Kinicki, Blake Ashforth

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We examine the idea that an individual's employability subsumes a host of person-centered constructs needed to deal effectively with the career-related changes occurring in today's economy. We argue that employability represents a form of work specific (pro)active adaptability that consists of three dimensions-career identity, personal adaptability, and social and human capital. Reciprocal relationships among these dimensions are also discussed. The impact of employability on organizational behavior is illustrated through applications to the research literatures on job loss and job search.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-38
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2004


  • Adaptability
  • Employability
  • Job loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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