Barbara Ehrenreich goes from hope to despair as she joins jobseekers looking for a way back into corporate America in Bait and Switch, says. Bait and Switch has ratings and reviews. Orwell Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky Hegemony or. Bait and Switch. The Futile Pursuit of the Corporate Dream. Barbara Ehrenreich Ehrenreich found herself entering a shadowy world of Internet job searches.

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But white collar people then told Barbara she should write a book about their experience — after all, they had done all the right things: And there’s a critique of the corporate culture of ehrenrsich nice and getting along over creativity.

Snapshots o Alternately frustrating, baih, and depressing, Barbara Ehrenreich’s unsuccessful pursuit of a white collar job in will leave you wondering how anyone ever gets, or keeps a job, and how anyone can get by. I have known a few of the unemployed middle class, at least one of whom was recently without work for more than a year, and none used the myriad methods Ehrenreich so condescendingly employs.

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The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. The stories presented in the book are harrowing.

The only thing that saved this piece was the author’s incredible wit and funny writing style. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

If I bbait read it inI might not have related to it so intensely, as I did in when I was laid off for the first time. At the moment, I’d rather be waitressing. In the conclusion of this book, she finds sufficient evidence of this soul-crushing exploitative corporate culture in her inability to land a job in public relations.

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich

I definitely empathized with Ehrenreich’s struggle, but perhaps it was too above my own status to be bsit to relate to. In particular she takes a couple swipes at their use of personality tests under the pretense of helping to find the right job. However the book turns out to be an extended job hunting narrative and an incomplete interpretation of corporate culture from the outside looking in.

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Bait and Switch, which presses its nose up against the corporate world, explores something else: Since people are afraid of losing their jobs. She spent a good part of the book being cynical about the many people and places she enlisted to help her in her sear Ehrenreich missed the mark with this book.

Nov 22, Kathy rated it it was ok. You would think that they were designed by psychologists from Harvard or some other experts, but in reality they were created by amateurs with little or no formal schooling in psychology. It felt like reading a book about financial responsibility in which the author spends most of her time sending checks to Nigerian princes. I did have to detract for some down-right meanness.

I haven’t had a “perm” job in six years — everyone wants to hire contractors. Point of view Tips on technique 4: The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream which gait the difficulty of middle-aged professionals trying to get white-collar jobs in corporate America.

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A bit like ehrennreich epidemiological study, her exaggerated methods do lead to a few moments where I thought, yeah. She is aware of multitudes of talented people working in unsuitable positions in blue-collared jobs, others unemployed and depressed.

In this newer book, Ehrenreich is even more insulting. She sums up my experience with the corporate world beautifully. The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream. Of course, they want to find new employment as soon as possible in order to reclaim lost income and social prestige.

Cheerfulness, upbeatness, and compliance: From what I understand, she also has a working spouse who supported her during this time, so money was not a big problem. It was pretty obvious that I wasn’t some gum snapping college drop out who would take crap from a manager – and when the interviewer is less articulate than the interviewee, you can be guaranteed that the interviewer is moving on to the next applicant.


That is – everybody! I read this because Ehrenreich’s earlier book, Nickel and Dimed, wasn’t available from the library – but I thought a close examination of the issues of the US middle class would be equally interesting.

The human suffering and social damage thus created is immense. It is not until the last chapter that they are given a chance to voice their concerns. Instead, the book was all about just trying to get a job in the white collar world. She lives near Key West, Florida.

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

I feel this guilt that requires me to finish a book, even when doing so makes my blood pressure skyrocket. She spent a good part of the book being cynical about the many people and places she enlisted to help her in her search.

This turned into paid internships at prestigious ac Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until Barbara Ehrenreich is a good writer and is able to make this discouraging commentary of American life an interesting, and at times humorous, reading experience. However the book turns out to be an extended job hunting narrative and an incomplete inte This lesser companion piece to Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” can only be described as a book-length exercise in turning lemons into lemonade.

I rooted for her in “Nickel and Dimed,” but I kept having to walk away from this book just to clear my head a bit.

So many factors are working against you in getting a job — who you don’t know, what your credit score is, and even if you’ve been unemployed for some span of time it’s called a Gap — an employer won’t hire someone simply because they’ve been unemployed for some span of time through no fault or choice of their own.

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