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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I would get laid off twice more before landing stable employment again in Sometimes it is the parents who move in with the children. Corporations really don’t want anyone to ruffle anyone’s feathers! However here is a warning. She also stresses the obvious, the need for a universal health system.
Because of their high salaries, no matter their loyalty, dedication, competence and hard work, they started being fired, sometimes one at a time, sometimes ehrenrejch massive layoffs. Corporate jobs and even the effort needed to find one are soul-crushing. 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?
You can start over, you can add to your bai set, swittch can accept a lower paying job in your field and move up the ladder again. What the ranks of the unemployed and underemployed blue-collar and white-collar workers will do I don’t know, but she intends it as a big picture call to action.
Ehrenreich, who sat through sullen networking events trying valiantly to raise a ripple of small talk, doesn’t get her hopes up, but pins her remaining faith to old-fashioned collective action.
She creates a somewhat fictitious resume – she has a background in “event planning” and was a PR consultant until taking thirteen years off as a homemaker. 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. I really don’t think most people do this.
As she sets it out in her introduction, the goal of this book is to show what it takes to find a white-collar job in America.
I am offended by someone of ehrereich high class coming on down to mine and then trying to describe it to me.
She handles the overwhelming uncertainty and life-questioning that being unemployed or underemployed leaves you feeling psychologically, but she does not ever get put into a corner at which she is unable to function o I thought I would have ehrenreicu really great review when I was through with this book.
I will get to that part later. Like how Ehrenreich brow-beats a defenseless, spent, fragile job coach who, no doubt, just wanted to help people. Quotes from Bait and Switch: 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.
And it is no longer only znd White Collars. Jan 25, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: She did everything that the counsellors told her to do, she attended many networking events, sent hundreds of CVs, filled out dozens of personality tests and spent hours each day looking for a job.
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Whenever she naively asks whether homemaking might count as a valuable skill, the appalled silence is her answer, and her CV eventually smoothes over any such damaging suggestion. Companies used that first dot-bomb crisis, and the more recent economic recession, as a way to leverage themselves out of any kind of commitment or loyalty to employees.
Open Preview See a Problem? This was exasperating and sad. In this talk Ehrenreich uses her characteristic wit to describe the many curious ways that corporations have used to justify their layoffs and to blame middle class workers for their own unemployment.
Since people are afraid of losing their jobs. If you have a gap in employment for illness reasons or even to raise a family it is a negative! Ehrenreich details the struggle that middle class, otherwise well equipped job candidates have to face in getting any sort of employment. The only thing that saved this piece was the author’s incredible wit and funny writing style.
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich
Since she’s operating under a false identity, she can’t use the real contacts she has, and of course the fictional clients she created can’t help either.
These are traits that are not only6 bai for most business jobs, they eurenreich actually a handicap when it comes to raising through the ranks of large companies. And while blue-collar poverty has become numbingly routine, white-collar unemployment–and the poverty that often results–remains a rude finger in the face of the American dream. Frustrated by the overwhelming odds of people finding gainful employment, she feels she has not been hard enough in her attack on the system.
That being said, I have to say as a former job seeker during the California recessionthis book and it’s assertions are right on the money. Ehrenreich will make you think, and while doing so, she will make you laugh, so what you are reading is not entirely depressing. Kimberly, her unfailingly perky career coach, advises her to approach people and chirrup, ‘Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a crackerjack PR person!
Feb 04, Noel rated it did not like it Shelves: Barbara’s sarcastic wit makes the serious topic of job hunting a humerous and fascinating report. Some of the organizations and personality tests seemed almost cult-like in the belief 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 bit landing a job in the “corporate sector. Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until Like those in the book, I “did everything right” but the problems are also of my own making, as Alan Simpson said at the Bush funeral.