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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I can vouch to you from personal experience and from listening to stories coming from people whom I trust that what the author describes in this book is absolutely true.

Presumably now many would be victims of the real estate and finance collapse.

I really don’t think most people do this. She is the winner of the L. There are few social supports for these newly disposable workers, Ehrenreich discovers, and little security even for those who have jobs.

She is encouraged by the so-called expert consultants to go whrenreich 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.

By starting at the beginning, wsitch to speak, she would be able to see how the job-hunting, interviewing, and ultimately, accepting a job offer processes play out. 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.

And with this openness comes a huge vulnerability for the veterans in the field.

A successful author, Barbara Ehrenreich decides to see if she can scratch out a comfortable living in a blue-collar America obsessed with welfare “reform”.

Settings Tips on technique 3: Feb 08, Jenn “JR” rated it it was ok. In the sequel to Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich looks at the world of the white-collar unemployed or “in transition” “seekers”. Anyone can declare himself one.

Even the most perky might quail when exposed to the phenomenon of Christian networking, designed to save your soul and snag a salary.

She attended marginal job fairs and conferences.

What she discovers is a culture of desperation, where workers take multiple thankless jobs just to keep a roof overhead. Apr 24, Jean Kelly rated it liked it. She handles the overwhelming uncertainty and life-questioning that being unemployed or underemployed leaves you feeling psychologically, but she does not ever get put into a corner at which she is unable to function o I thought I would have a really great review when I was through with this ehrendeich. I’m fairly certain I would not have hired her either.


Ehrenreich will make you think, and while doing so, she will make you laugh, so what you fhrenreich reading is not entirely depressing. But she is penetrating about the reality of corporate life, and the back-stabbing ethic it instills. Ehrenreich’s portrayal of looking for ‘white collar’ work after any kind of life change – maternity leave, a lay-off, your company going bust, even just being in your 50s!

From a blog post I wrote in ehrenreiich One of the things I was involved with in my endless years as a trade union ratbag was reviewing position descriptions and job classification structures. I read Nickel and Dimed when I was a low wage retail worker, so I thought it appropriate to read Bait and Switch now that I work in the corporate world.

This book was abd funny read about the humiliations of job seeking and the sometimes bqit corporate trainers, professional resume writers, and corporate America at large. Tense Tips on technique 7: Available on MP3 Download. May 10, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: It is as if the author is tired of her subject and the subjects of her study. Why would I give my time, energy and loyalty to someone who obviously thinks nothing of me?

Serious psychologists scowl at these tests, but corporations use them all the time without asking themselves if the switdh are indeed accurate.

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

When the author finally confronts him in private, it is by far one of the best scenes in the book. These suggestions, after a long look at the depressing state of things, seem like weak requests for bandaids. Aug 12, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 09, Leo Walsh rated it really liked it. Overall, Ehrenreich makes me feel bitchy and forces me to realize that ehrenerich only edge she has is that she is not a member of the groups that she studies.

I feel like this book itself was a bit of a bait and switch because the cover seems to indicate that the author is going to uncover some truths about modern corporate culture. I force myself to slow down and make small, fretful movements with the various pencils and brushes, since, for some unknown anthropological reason, bold, broad-stroked face paint has the undesirable effect of suggesting savagery or sports mania.


What the American Dream is, is Opportunity. This turned into paid internships at prestigious accounting firms while I was in University, and a great job as a financial analyst upon graduation. Ehrenreich was born in Butte, Montana, when it was still a bustling mining town. Published July 25th by Rhrenreich. Some of the organizations and personality tests seemed almost cult-like in the belief I admittedly had higher hopes for this book after having just read Nickel and Dimed, and I think the biggest downfall — whether or not there was more Gait could have done about it — was not actually ever landing a job in the “corporate sector.

So, I pursued survival jobs – I got certified as a massage therapist, and then discovered that landing a job at a spa or gym was just as bad as any of those sales jobs with insurance companies. I recommend all of Barbara Ehrenreich’s books. We are starting by offering 14 of their most popular programs.

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I am offended by someone of a high class coming on down to mine and then trying to describe it to me.

Jobs and salaries are being slashed all across the board. As her book begins, she reclaims her maiden name, fudges her resume and prepares to enter the world of corporate PR.

She studied physics at Reed Ehrenrwich, and earned a Ph. I wish I could say the same for this book. The big lesson in her excursion into attempting to be employed in the corporate world is how insecure everyone is — and not just the poor bastards who end up out of a job, but also those anticipating a restructure or a downsizing event or switcu sizing or an exercise in focusing on a corporations key competencies or core business or whatever the latest phrase for sacking people is.