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In one year, she was only offered a job selling insurance at Aflac without benefits?!?

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

I find it hypocritical to assume that anyone with half a brain, or a conscience, would follow the same path you yourself have taken. And, after all you should expect ten or eleven jobs in a lifetime, so no need to be choosey. The book examines not just the cheesy, but the downright bizarre philosophical and ehrenrrich movements within the business world. Preview — Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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Finally, I think she missed the point. However the book turns out to baebara an extended job hunting narrative and an incomplete inte This lesser companion piece to Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” can only be described as a book-length exercise in turning lemons into lemonade. In this newer book, Ehrenreich is even more insulting. Since people are afraid of losing their jobs.

I guess the problem is that I’ll be booted out right around the time I start to really need the money ie, at the age I’ll theoretically be when I have kids going into college.

It’s the transition from hope to despair, in the main: Networking events she attended ended up being masked religious movements this was incredibly interesting-I’d recommend reading the book for this account alone. 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. She thinks so little of the corporate world that amd thinks that they won’t saitch able to tell.


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. That is – everybody! Better unemployment benefits and healthcare not attached to the job would be beneficial for everyone.

We know that job fairs are basically a joke. Creating a fake identity complete with her former name, an imagined past as a PR professional re-entering the industry, and a phony resume, Ehrenreich was only able to present a one-dimensional account of her own experience rather than get into the bigger picture.

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And all this being said, I do think there is a great deal in the corporate world that should be changed. There were several anecdotes about people who were involved without success in long term job searches but none about people who actually found a job comparable to the one they left. 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!

Not only do you not get benefits, but you only get a fraction of the hourly rate. 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.

Why would stories told in the real voices of the unemployed be less compelling or insightful than Ehrenreich’s own? Kimberly, her unfailingly perky career coach, advises her to approach people and chirrup, ‘Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a crackerjack PR person!

Ehrenreich details the struggle that middle class, otherwise well equipp I don’t really understand all of the vitriol that some of the other reviewer’s are expressing about this book.

But what I encountered was a culture riven with assumptions unrelated to those that underlie the fact- and logic-based worlds of, say science and journalism – a culture addicted to untested habits, paralyzed by conformity, and shot through with magical thinking. It wasn’t the story I thought it would be. An Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich”. 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.

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

The book follows Ehrenreich’s examination of the world of insecure low-wage work that constituted Nickel and Dimedpublished in Some extrapolation I could have tolerated, and would have welcomed. Unfortunately, although that’s the book Ehrenreich set out to write,it’s not what this book turned out to be. Meanwhile, the jobseekers she leaves in transition still believe that if only they can become more compliant they might be accepted back into the corporate family.

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. This turned into paid internships at prestigious ac Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until As Ehrenreich pointed out in the book, people are very unlikely to get the same results when taking the test different times — it’s so subjective to mood and other outside factors.

Her intent was to go undercover as she did in her other book but sadly didn’t get very far. She didn’t entirely fib her work history, but she had several gaps and tried to portray herself as a contractor type with speech writing and meeting planning experience. If this is the point, it was well-taken. 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.

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