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Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences

Ofer Sharone


American white-collar job seekers engage in the “chemistry game,” a set of job search practices premised on the idea that getting hired requires more than presenting one’s skills; it requires presenting oneself––the person behind the skills––and establishing interpersonal fit. The focus on chemistry is not inherent to white-collar job searching in advanced economies. Israeli workers looking for similar jobs under similar economic conditions engage in a very different “specs game,” which focuses on presenting one’s skills and credentials and requires masking the person behind the skills. These ... More

Keywords: unemployment, job searching, white-collar, Burawoy, games, ethnography, in-depth interviews, cross-national comparison, cross-class comparison, self-blame

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226073361
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226073675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ofer Sharone, author