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Master of Science




Dr. Mitch Rothstein


For many skilled immigrants settling in Canada, the obtainment of employment is a difficult and lengthy process. The current study seeks to examine how skilled immigrants deal with the adversity of the job search by applying a process model of resiliency (King & Rothstein, 2010) to the job search of skilled immigrants. The study examined the interplay between individuals’ psychological characteristics, knowledge, and environment and their self-regulatory processes, and how those processes influenced the job search individuals performed and subsequent job search outcomes. Using a cross sectional design, 94 immigrants throughout Canada completed an online survey. The findings showed individuals’ knowledge and environment moderated how individuals responded and regulated their thoughts. As well, individuals’ self-regulatory processes were related to the job search they performed. The study provided supportive evidence for the process model of resiliency and its application to the job search of skilled immigrants.