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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These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. She lives and works in Florida. She submits to career coaching, personality testing, and EST-like boot camps, and attends job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. Paperbackpages. The author recounts her experiences with a number of them. That’s because there really is no solution.

Tense Tips on technique 7: She lives near Key West, Florida. Ehrenreich posits that, no matter swotch education or previous track record of success in the white collar world, you are not assured of a stable switcch future.

The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream.

But distressed white-collar people cannot be accused of fecklessness of any kind; they are the ones who “did everything right. To ask other readers questions about Bait and Switchplease sign up.

Bait and Switch In this talk given at Books Inc. They do not have the option of going back to their real life because swutch they are living through is their real life. The last chapter of the book zeros in on the nature of the problem as a whole.

Obtaining a good education and working hard are not enough. Of all the career counsellors in the book, he is by far the worst and the most interestingbut the others are hardly better.


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Topics Books The Observer. Overall, Andd 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. Barbara’s sarcastic wit makes the serious topic of job hunting a humerous and fascinating report. I read Nickel and Dimed when I was a low wage retail worker, so Xnd thought it appropriate to read Bait and Switch now that I work in the corporate world. Some professions are protected by barriers that limit the number who may enter their profession e.

Come to think of it, there are probably quite a few unemployed journalists too.

And by focusing on flaws in you — appearance, body language, resume, etc — we get distracted from the true costs that outsourcing has had on American culture. 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.

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The company was making good profits at that time, so the cuts were not necessary to stave off bankruptcy. There is something very sick about our society and the best way to see where the deeply ehrennreich and troubling parts of our society are is to watch where the victim is being blamed the swihch.

Aug 05, Skywalker rated it liked it. Unfortunately, although that’s the book Ehrenreich set out to write,it’s not what this book turned out to be. Apr 13, Nadine Dajani rated it it was amazing. Open Preview See a Problem? These barriers provide some protection from lesser trained completion.


However here is a warning. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And perhaps this is the point of the book — to show the absurdity of the whole system. She thinks so little of the corporate world that she thinks that they won’t be able to tell.

In my job searching I had to fill out a lot of them, some even the very ones mentioned in this book. 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.

Ehrenreich accepts most of her coaches and counsellors at eheenreich own estimation, however ehrenreih. Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until You will not be disappointed.

Bait and Switch – Barbara Ehrenreich – – Allen & Unwin – Australia

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Of course, they want to find new employment as soon as possible in order to reclaim lost income and social prestige. What about the laid-off executive who can no longer support a family, or the engineering graduate behind the counter at Starbucks? This Land Is Their Land: 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.

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