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

Neither position offered enough money to land her in the middle class socio-economic bracket.

Come to think of it, there are probably quite a few unemployed journalists too. There are would be gurus on how to become employed whose sole advice seems to be that you should network and dream big. The advice given by career coaches is generally silly EST-like pop psychology. In the end I think she would have done better shadowing 3 or 4 people who have lost their jobs and truly analyzing their situations completely, instead of trying to masquerade as something she wasn’t.

And then – she proceeds to pursue a whole lot of worthless job searching techniques that most unemployed people don’t find useful. Snapshots o Alternately frustrating, funny, and depressing, Barbara Ehrenreich’s unsuccessful pursuit of a white collar job in will leave you badbara how anyone ever gets, or keeps a job, and how anyone can get by.

There are few social supports for these newly disposable workers, Ehrenreich discovers, and little security even for those who have jobs. 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 right sizing or an exercise in focusing on a corporations key competencies or core business or whatever the latest phrase for sacking people is.


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I am always at least a bit put off by investigative writers and documentarians who put themselves at the heart of the story they tell. The balance of swtich staff will just have to work that much harder. However the book turns out to be an extended job hunting narrative and an incomplete interpretation of corporate culture from the outside looking in. Ehrenreicj, she realises, she is encouraged to develop a personality of depersonalisation, to become unchallenging, unthreatening and able to turn any anger or rejection inwards when, inevitably, given the push.

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

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. On top of that – even as an Atheist myself – I find her heavy handed derision of the religiously oriented job seekers and their support groups just plain ehrenreicg – it doesn’t help move along her book at all.

Henry Holt and Company. 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 Ehrenreich could have done about it — was not actually ever landing a job in the “corporate sector. Jul 31, Hilari rated it liked it.

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But despite the entertaining style, the subject matter is dark and disturbing. I could clean up people’s resumes just as well as she’s doing – she doesn’t even understand the kind of jobs that I am seeking. Having been through the white-collar lay-off process and I choose to say “lay off” instead of “in transition” since it is more honestI have to agree with Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich started with the intention of a parallel structure to ‘Nickle and Dimed’ – she would masquerade as a unemployed white-collar PR professional, get wsitch job, work there for several months and write about the experience.

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Whenever she naively asks whether homemaking might count as a valuable skill, the appalled dhrenreich is her answer, and her CV eventually smoothes over any such damaging suggestion. People want to be told what to do when they run out of ideas on their own, and there are plenty of wolves in sheep’s clothing who will tell swich what they want to hear, whether it is a career counselor, job fair, or some “job” that requires the employee make an initial investment and provide her own benefits.


Views Read Edit View history. Solo job searching is miserable enough, but even less fulfilling is networking, which Ehrenreich fondly imagines as ‘a freewheeling exercise in human sociability, possibly involving white wine’.

Jul 09, Leo Walsh rated it really liked it. Some extrapolation I could have tolerated, and would have welcomed. She went out bwrbara try to nab a job in mid management with a fake resume and just never made it.

The ehrenreivh examines not just the cheesy, but the downright bizarre philosophical and psychological movements within the business world.

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That said, both books seem really weird to me. The corporate sector blanches at middle age too stroppy, too darn expensiveand middle-aged women are an anathema. I wasn’t a big fan of Nickel and Dimed, so why would I think it’d be any different when Ehrenreich is piously judging the middle class? Thought-provoking and well written. Jun 05, Meg rated it it was ok Recommends it for: So many factors are working against you in getting a job — who you don’t know, what your credit score is, and even if you’ve been unemployed for some span of time anr called a Gap — an employer won’t hire someone simply because they’ve been unemployed baait some span of time through no fault or choice of their own.

I expected her to go through sev From a blog post I wrote in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. They always said something about excellence and something about commitment.

Barbara decides to try to get a job in the corporate world — she tries for a year.