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You can start over, you can add to your skill set, you can accept a lower paying job in your field and move up the ladder again. She would talk about training and education, the commitment needed to get up every day and write a book. Richard Sennett, for example, in “The Corrosion of Character: In Bait and Switch, Ehrenreich continues to dispel the old-fashioned myth that in America, we can accomplish anything with hard work.

She does not land a job in that time though a couple of demeaning oppportunities become available. Now, her experiment wasn’t perfect. While I found the discussions and inside look ehrrenreich career coaches who were oftentimes just as desperate as some of their clients and networking opportunities many thinly veiled attempts as proselytization or to sell high-priced seminars or coaching sessionsI felt like Ehrenreich was trying to tell the story of corporate America as someone who busted her way in, when in actuality, she never made it in the door.

Instead of keeping employees happy so they are loyal and do good work – the tables are turned. Point of view Tips on technique 4: She is encouraged by the so-called expert consultants to go to job fairs, pay big dollars to improve her resume, personality and appearance, attend net-working sessions everywhere, including religious gatherings ,all methods to get the PR position she is after. I agree with Ehrenreich that we should be marching for health care coverage, and to remove more bias from the workplace.

Instead, the book was all about just trying to get a job in the white collar world. Oct 05, Barbara rated it it was ok. Ehrenreich started with the intention of a parallel structure to ‘Nickle and Dimed’ – she would masquerade as a unemployed white-collar PR professional, get corporate job, work there for several months and write about the experience.


This turned into paid internships at prestigious ac Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until I gave this a 3 because it is well-written – I mean, the grammar is all correct and everything – and because I was compelled to finish it. Humbug is their enemy. Aug 30, Jenny rated it did gait like it Shelves: Who the fuck is she writing for, anyhow?

However, I thought she spent a little too much time examining the world of ‘career coaching’ and swihch enough focusing on the plight of the unemployed white colla I read Nickel and Dimed when I was a low wage retail worker, barnara I thought it appropriate to read Bait and Switch now that I work in the corporate world. The idea that people with twenty years of experience can spend over a year looking to work before they force themselves to feel optimistic about the employment opportunities at their local Home Deopt or Starbucks just makes me feel even more negative about the prospects that I might someday find a well-paying job that I’ll actually be able to hang on to for a while.

This book ssitch frightening. Jul 09, Leo Walsh rated it really liked it.

Aug 25, Irene rated it did not like it. However the book turns out to be an extended job hunting narrative and an incomplete interpretation of corporate culture from the outside looking in. They can look dispassionately at the facts.

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Perhaps the most surprising thing is how long this has all been a problem. That being said, I have to say as a former job seeker during the California recessionthis book and it’s assertions are right on the money.

Even the most perky might quail when exposed to the phenomenon of Christian networking, designed to save your soul and snag a salary. She is aware of multitudes of talented people working in unsuitable positions in blue-collared jobs, others unemployed and depressed. Is it logical at all?

Snapshots o Alternately frustrating, funny, 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.

Conditions described in this book can only have gotten worse since then. Barbara decides to try swicth get a job in the corporate world — she tries for a year. She jumped through the hoops that the increasingly desperate job seekers are forced to jump through these rhrenreich coaches, seminars, resume building, and what have you. May 03, Rachel rated it liked it. That’s the real crisis — how we, as a society, are accepting excuses from our government and our employers that increasing limit our options and keep us at a perpetual disadvantage that is not static but spiraling downward.


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Networking events she attended ended up being masked religious movements this was incredibly interesting-I’d recommend reading the book for this account alone. Not only do you not get benefits, but you only get a fraction of the hourly rate.

Over the last couple of decades I have been either employed in a corporation, a government corporation, a local government authority or a trade union reacting to the corporate ehrenreicb that is so beautifully discussed in this book.

However here is a warning.

The life coaches were particularly frightening. Barbara Ehrenreich is barbarq American journalist and the bestselling author of sixteen previous books, including the bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. That’s because there really is no solution.

Much like “Nickel and Dimed”, Ehrenreich went undercover, so to speak, and tried to infiltrate corporate America by joining job seekers for white collar professions or “executives in transition” as they seemed to so often label themselves. I read this because Ehrenreich’s earlier book, Nickel and Dimed, wasn’t available from the library – but I thought a switcch examination of the issues of the US middle class would be equally interesting.

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

I definitely empathized with Ehrenreich’s struggle, but perhaps it was too above my own status to be able to relate to. Bai end result and main point I gleaned from the story–a white collar job seeker with totally decent credentials college degree, certifications, clean history, etc is going to face an uphill battle and likely PAY money in swirch form of seminars and preparation just to have a fighting chance looking for any kind of job.

It just makes me angry and supports the whole need-money-to-get-money catch, the Marxist flaw that the only people that can start the revolution ehreneich those that are not working their lives away thus not workers, thus not a marxist revolution