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A Company of OneInsecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment$
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Carrie M. Lane

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449642

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449642.001.0001

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Rituals of Unemployment

Rituals of Unemployment

(p.79) 4 Rituals of Unemployment
A Company of One

Carrie M. Lane

Cornell University Press

This chapter offers a brief history of networking, both the old-fashioned “talk to your friends and family” approach and the more complicated and extensive system of organized networking events in which job seekers are brought together to swap leads and job search strategies. It focuses on TechNet, a weekly meeting for job seekers in software-related industries. Like many events, TechNet offered job seekers advice, encouragement, and contacts; ultimately, though, TechNet served a far greater and more complicated role in job seekers' lives, bolstering their professional self-image while reinforcing specific ideas about the optimistic, individualistic shape that self-image should take.

Keywords:   networking, unemployment, unemployed, job seekers, TechNet, software industry, self-image

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