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Pedigree : how elite students get elite jobs

Author: Lauren A Rivera
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Americans are taught to believe that upward mobility is possible for anyone who is willing to work hard, regardless of their social status, yet it is often those from affluent backgrounds who land the best jobs. Pedigree takes readers behind the closed doors of top-tier investment banks, consulting firms, and law firms to reveal the truth about who really gets hired for the nation's highest-paying entry-level jobs,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lauren A Rivera
ISBN: 9780691155623 0691155623
OCLC Number: 894625326
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2015
Description: xiii, 375 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Entering the elite --
The playing field --
The pitch --
The paper --
Setting the stage for interviews --
Beginning the interview: finding a fit --
Continuing the interview: the candidate's story --
Concluding the interview: the final acts --
Talking it out: deliberating merit --
Social reconstruction --
Conclusion --
Appendix A. Who Is elite? --
Appendix B. Methodological details --
Appendix C. List of interviews.
Responsibility: Lauren A. Rivera.

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"Americans are taught to believe that upward mobility is possible for anyone who is willing to work hard, regardless of their social status, yet it is often those from affluent backgrounds who land the best jobs. Pedigree takes readers behind the closed doors of top-tier investment banks, consulting firms, and law firms to reveal the truth about who really gets hired for the nation's highest-paying entry-level jobs, who doesn't, and why. Drawing on scores of in-depth interviews as well as firsthand observation of hiring practices at some of America's most prestigious firms, Lauren Rivera shows how, at every step of the hiring process, the ways that employers define and evaluate merit are strongly skewed to favor job applicants from economically privileged backgrounds. She reveals how decision makers draw from ideas about talent--what it is, what best signals it, and who does (and does not) have it--that are deeply rooted in social class. Displaying the "right stuff" that elite employers are looking for entails considerable amounts of economic, social, and cultural resources on the part of the applicants and their parents. Challenging our most cherished beliefs about college as a great equalizer and the job market as a level playing field, Pedigree exposes the class biases built into American notions about the best and the brightest, and shows how social status plays a significant role in determining who reaches the top of the economic ladder"--

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