*How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs*
That is the subtitle, the title proper is Pedigree, by Lauren A. Rivera. This is a very good book on the microdynamics of inequality and the important role played by social networks, how you present yourself, and…pedigree. Not all of it is a revelation, because by now many of these mechanisms are well-known. Still, it is unfailingly intelligent, well-written, and it documents these matters better than any other book I know. Here is one excerpt:
…individual sponsors did not need to be high up in the organization. HR professionals and school teams typically trusted the recommendations of even the most junior firm employees. Insider-outsider status was more salient than vertical position within a firm. First-year analysts or associates could successfully push through an individual they knew from class, athletics, extracurricular activities, their hometowns, or word-of-mouth to the interview phase, provided that they could successfully get the application on the “right desk,” in person or via email…In addition, the tie to an individual sponsor did not have to be strong.
More generally, it is often better to have a contact “within” an institution rather than at the very top. Recommended, for all those who have an interest in such topics.
Via Chug, here is what happens when you plate junk food as if it were high-end food, a good link.