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She may not mean to have this perspective be there, but the fundamental flaw of her books is that it is all-too present for me. View all 13 comments. She goes to networking groups that take places in churches – and then rants and raves that the group starts the meeting with prayer. But dis “Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Then they found that finding another job difficult, and sometimes impossible. You may believe experience counts and loyalty will be rewarded. Yet this work is surprisingly shallow in its views. If I had read it inI might not have related to it so intensely, as I did in when I was laid off for the first time.

Absolutely not; that is why I quit looking, moved on, and thank God had family to support me in trying to achieve a career another way. Certainly, it is clear that Barbara Ehrenreich believes this to be true. How else would companies survive fierce competition?

And on job-search workshops and seminars: Of course, I’m thinking now, the convergence of my own political outlook with Ehrenreich’s helped my enjoyment of the book, also.

Maybe I took things a bit too personally but working in public relations I was insulted that Barbara thinks she can easily step into a director’s position in PR with a made up resume and absolutely no contacts in the industry. Overall, Ehrenreich makes me feel bitchy and forces me to realize that the only edge she has is that she is not a member of the groups that she studies.


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

Armed with the plausible resume of a professional “in transition,” she attempts to land a “middle-class” job. In Ba The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from “our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism”–The New York Times Book Review Americans’ working lives are growing more precarious every day.

Ehrenreich does none of this. This uncombative persona means she can’t always nail how much job-seeking itself has become an exploitative industry. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Maybe it isn’t the content of the presentation that matters, but the discipline required to maintain the sitting posture and vague look of attentiveness for hours on end But the most interesting part of the book is near the end when she gives up on her own search and interviews the fellow seekers she’s met along the way.

Trying to get a non-corporate job was really hard – even taking off my college degrees from my resume and removing titles and extraneous responsibilities, only listing a job history and applicable skills. After advising his readers to overcome the bitterness and negativity engendered by frequent job loss and to achieve a perpetually sunny outlook, management guru Harvey Mackay notes cryptically that “the nicest, most loyal, and most submissive employees are often the easiest people to fire.

In Bait and SwitchBarbara Ehrenreich goes barrbara undercover to explore another hidden realm of the economy: Pages to import images to Wikidata. 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. She seems to think that people should be lining up to hire someone with her not very impressive sounding and MADE UP credentials. There are would be gurus on how to become barbada whose sole advice seems to be that you should network and dream big.


Finally, I think she missed the point. 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. The career coach she found online was a barbar farce. It would be nice if corporate tax breaks geared for job building actually demanded the companies add jobs, rather than firing people and increasing the top salaries.

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

A fast and entertaining read, though a little skimpy on content. Ehrenreich accepts most of her coaches and counsellors at their own estimation, however loopy. She thinks so little of the corporate world that she thinks that they won’t be able to tell. I thought she was doing so to show the traps that are out there for job-seekers, and that she would eventually land on something that would provide solid leads.

Was expecting to like this one more than I actually did. From a blog post I wrote in Ehrenreich, who sat through sullen networking events trying valiantly to raise a ripple of small talk, doesn’t get her hopes up, but pins her remaining faith to old-fashioned collective action.

Don’t be too unique! Self is another dodgy concept, since I am, when I subject this ‘I’ to careful inspection, not much more than a flickering of affinities, habits, memories, and predilections that could go either way- towards neediness or independence for example courage or cowardice.

But by far the most egregious assumption made by Ehrenreich is that she is not only utterly qualified for a corporate position, but that she is over-qualified.

The endless hours spent alone searching online for a job? Aug 12, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Large corporations do not reward creativity or independent thinking.

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