Making the Transition to Re-Employment: Social Networks and Their Impact on Social Assistance Recipients


  • John Paul Hatala Louisiana State University


transition, employment, social networks, social assistance


This study focused on the role of social networks in the transition from social assistance to employment. The study consisted of a field experiment that was built into the training program that agencies normally deliver to persons on social assistance as part of the Ontario Works ‘work-for-welfare’ program. Participants were randomly assigned to a control or experimental group and the sample consisted of 92 in the control group and 40 in the experimental group. For the experimental group, a supplementary treatment, a ‘job search management system’ was added to the program that social assistance recipients normally receive. A Social Network Job Search Scale (SNJSS) was created and served as the dependent variable in a pre-test/post-test design. A positive correlation between strength of an individual’s network and re-employment was found. Understanding the value of social networks is important not only for reentering the labour market but also for obtaining employment that is above the minimum wage.


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Hatala, J. P. (2007). Making the Transition to Re-Employment: Social Networks and Their Impact on Social Assistance Recipients. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 6(1), 28–38. Retrieved from