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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She ridicules the haircut of the presenters and the religious language of those at a church-based event, the bakt and wall art at various venues hosting seminars and the photo of a company ehrenreicg, the use of personality profile tools by job coaches and the synchronized gum chewing of women at a recruiting booth. However, with a falsified resume designed to hide her identity, she spends the entire book in the job search process. They do not have the option of going back to their real life because what they are living through is their real abit.

Some realities are inherently harsh, and can’t be left on a positive note. 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.

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This book was researched and written ten years ago. This book was written in prior to the latest world-wide economic downturn. The book examines not just the cheesy, but the downright bizarre philosophical and psychological movements within the business world.

Obtaining a good education and working hard are not enough. 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’. Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until I can understand her frustration expressed in the conclusion, though can’t help but feel she was a bit harsh in her assesment of corporate cultures; it was to the point of demonization.

She ends with a call to the unemployed to organize and get involved to lobby for improvements. I was told I would get an intelligent, critical examination of corporate culture and received a self-serving pile of snark.


One of the problems with her approach is that the strictures of her false identity lead to an unrealism that seriously undermines the credibility of her narrative. I was a huge fan of Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” and was excited to see what her take on the white collar, corporate culture would be like. In one year, she was only offered a job selling insurance at Aflac without benefits?!? Since people are afraid of losing their jobs.

You can browse them all here: Tense Tips on technique 7: She goes to networking groups that take places in churches – and then rants and raves that the group starts the meeting with prayer. Share your thoughts with other customers. These suggestions, after a long look at the depressing state of things, seem like weak requests for bandaids. However, you will not encounter them in this book. This uncombative persona means she can’t always nail how much job-seeking itself has become an exploitative industry.

That was before the banking crisis. 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.

She is encouraged by the so-called expert consultants to go to job fairs, pay big baait to improve her resume, personality and ehrrenreich, attend net-working sessions everywhere, including religious gatherings ,all methods to get the PR position she is after. And all this being said, I do think there is a great deal in the corporate world that should be changed. Settings Tips on technique 3: She picks a pseudonym, creates a resume, and hits the job boards.

It’s funny sometimes to see how the corporate world lives and what it believes and the games that people play use the correct buzz words, know the right peoplebut it also makes me so mad. Back in I was smug, fully insulated from the severity of unemployment, never having been out of a job since I got my first part-time job at 16, working at the mall.

However the book turns out to be an extended job hunting narrative and an dwitch interpretation of corporate culture from sitch outside looking in.

I don’t think that this book is as problematic for me as “Nickel and Dimed” in that I don’t think it was as much of a stretch for her to undergo the premise for this work.

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So her search is hard, discouraging and ultimately futile. If this does not stop and start reversing, eventually there will be a terrible price to pay. Would a real PR professional with an identical background have been to secure a position within that four month period?

Come to think of it, there are probably quite a few unemployed journalists too. The stories presented in the book are harrowing.

Read more Read less. Some end up on the street. A comparison of Bait and Switch with her earlier Nickel and Dimed demonstrated that while Ehrenreich finds much to lament in the plight of the ehrenreicu class, she generally finds the corporate world laughable and the OK, so it may be that the blue and pink collar work force is easier to love than middle management.

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I agree that it’s hard for people to find jobs in America and especially once you hit a certain age and level in your career but I feel that the book bwit have had more of an effect if she’d just followed the struggles of one of the many people she met along her journey instead of creating her own troubles. The problem here is that they are out of touch with the realities ehrsnreich job searching.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Not available to order from this website, please try another retailer. Most of the effort is on crowd control, but the few occasions where I can engage the material are great. The most natural thing to do in these kind of circumstances would be to slacken and do as little as possible. This is especially the case when it comes to those useless, infuriating personality tests, which I had to take at almost every job where I have applied.

View all 7 comments. I find it hypocritical to assume that anyone with half a brain, or a conscience, would follow the same path you yourself have taken.