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date: 07 July 2020

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The groups we join, including organizations, can have a profound influence on the ways we view ourselves and how others view us. In this chapter, the authors discuss the idea that job choices serve a social identity function in that others use these choices to infer more general information about the jobholder. To the extent job seekers are conscious of these potential inferences, they will act in accordance with their social identity or sense of self. The chapter provides a basic background on the role of applicants’ social identity and its relation to applicants’ attraction to organizations, and the chapter discusses some important considerations for researchers and organizations wishing to address the social-identity concerns of job seekers.

Keywords: social identity, applicant attraction, self-enhancement, organizational identity, organizational impression formation

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