Sustaining newcomers' career adaptability: The roles of socialization tactics, job embeddedness and career variety

Di Cai, Zehua Li, Lingxiao Xu, Lanyue Fan, Shanshan Wen, Fangmin Li, Ziqing Guan, Yanjun Guan

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In this study, we aim to examine how socialization practices predict newcomers' career adaptability during their organizational transitions. Drawing on career construction theory and conservation of resources theory, we argue that newcomers' job embeddedness, as predicted by their perceived organizational socialization tactics, positively predicts their career adaptability during career transitions. We investigate the role of past transition experiences (i.e., career variety) in moderating the relationship between job embeddedness and career adaptability. Data were collected at three time points from 492 newcomers in an information technology company in China. The newcomers' perceived organizational socialization tactics (i.e., training, future prospects and coworker support) positively predicted their job embeddedness, which was positively associated with their career adaptability. Additionally, career variety weakened the positive effect of job embeddedness on career adaptability. Furthermore, career variety moderated the indirect effects of future prospects and coworker support on career adaptability via job embeddedness, but not that of training. We conclude the article with discussions of our theoretical and practical contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-286
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • career adaptability
  • career construction theory
  • career variety
  • conservation of resources theory
  • job embeddedness
  • organizational socialization tactics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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