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

Unfortunately, although that’s the book Ehrenreich set out to write,it’s not what this book turned out to be. While I obviously don’t go for the Marxist solution, the book is useful for other purposes. She employed a resume expert, job coach, had a personal makeover and attended several workshops and networking group meetings to help her land a job. Some try some sort of one-person business, like opening a freelance consultancy, selling real estate or this sort of thing.

On Not Getting By in America. Employees have to whrenreich on eggshells and figure out what to do to keep their employers happy, how to dress, behave and meet metrics to keep their jobs.

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

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Point of view Tips on technique 4: However, I feel that the “moral” of the story was somehow lost. One chapter would have been enough to tell the reader that, in general, these people offer no real help in the search to find a job and ultimately make their livings by taking advantage of the hopelessly unemployed. But she is penetrating about the reality of corporate life, and the back-stabbing ethic it instills. In some cases, they were high achievers who ran into trouble precisely because they had risen far enough in the company for their salaries to look like a tempting cost cut.


She creates a somewhat fictitious resume – she has a background in “event planning” and was a PR consultant Why do I do this to myself?

Bait and Switch (book) – Wikipedia

Lists with This Book. Ehrenrwich Ehrenreich doesn’t accomplish what she set out to do enter the corporate world as an employeeshe offers a scary look at the nature of unemployment in the white collar world.

Buy the selected items bat This item: Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until Ships from and sold by Amazon. Still an interesting read, though it felt a bit drug out at times; I was most anxious to hear her thoughts once she got an actual job, which, of course, never came.

From a blog post I wrote in The company was znd good profits at that time, so the cuts were not necessary to stave off bankruptcy. She attends more than one fundamentalist Christian networking event even after she makes clear that she has severe doubts about mixing religion and commerce.

That’s a fine criticism that she is entitled to have, yet she goes on to present her own agenda and beliefs to make her own point.

Barbara Ehrenreich Gives Summary of Bait and Switch

Ehrenreeich book was wonderful and worthwhile and it was written by someone who can both write and be nice at the same time. Showing of reviews. Refresh and try again.


Mar 16, Amber rated it really liked it. People come to them for help, spend a lot of money they cannot afford to spend and in return they get advice of dubious quality. Some end up on the street.

Ehrenreich found herself entering a shadowy world of Internet job searches, lonely networking events and costly career-coaching sessions, a world in which ‘professional’ mentors and trainers offer pop-psychology and self-help mantras to desperate would-be employees.

So the White Collars have to work hard all the while they know that they are giving their heart and soul to someone who thinks nothing of them. 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.

State licensing of medical doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, teachers and lawyers. Ehrenreich finds that you’ve fallen for bogus corporate paternalism and that the joke is on you. Rather than going into laboratory work, she got involved in activism, and soon devoted herself to writing her innovative journalism. Or else they’re borderline loopy – like Morton, who enlists dolls of the characters from the Wizard of Oz to illustrate his personality tests Ehrenreich is ‘a tin man with a little lion thrown in’.