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The idea that people with twenty years of experience baait spend over a year looking to work before they force themselves to feel optimistic about the employment opportunities at their local Home Deopt or Starbucks just makes me feel even more negative about the prospects that I might someday find a well-paying job that I’ll actually be able to hang on to for a while.
I read Nickel and Dimed when I was a low wage retail worker, so I thought it appropriate to read Bait and Switch now that I work in the corporate world. I don’t really understand all of the vitriol that some of the other reviewer’s are expressing about this saitch.
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Then in return, corporate culture gives zero loyalty to its workers. Feb 04, Noel rated it did not like it Shelves: But she is penetrating about the reality of corporate life, and the back-stabbing ethic it instills. She ends with a call to the unemployed to organize and get involved to lobby for improvements.
Ehrenreich’s discussion, therefore, focuses on the instability of life at a middle or white-collar stratum of the employment world, particularly in the case of the long ‘transition’ periods when people lose one particular job and attempt to attain another. For her previous book, Nickel and Dimed, she took on back-breaking, calf-pummelling work – labour without status on the minimum wage. Cheerfulness, upbeatness, and compliance: I don’t claim to know the answer — nor does Erinreich But we really should look to countries who treat their people better — Sweden, Finland, Germany and Japan for instance — and yet have thriving economies than falling for the same old Tax Cut rhetoric that has become all too common in the USA.
As she did with entry level work in Nickeled and Dimed, she set out to infiltrate this world as an undercover journalist by getting this type of job.
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 them 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.
However, after ten months of effort including hiring a career coach, attending careers fairs, networking with job seekers and signing up for an employment ‘boot camp’ Ehrenreich was unable to find a job, receiving only two offers of commission-based sales work in cosmetics and car insurance.
It was also interesting to see all the “coaches” out This was exasperating and sad.
The joke is on you, slave
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’. Its white-collar disenfranchised have been made redundant, often without warning, and flounder in a stagnant pool of ‘transition’. In swktch cases, they were high achievers who ran into trouble precisely because they had risen far enough in the company for their salaries to look like a tempting cost cut.
Jul 31, Hilari rated it liked it.
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The endless hours spent alone searching online for a job? It is not until the last chapter that they are given a chance to voice their concerns. Instead, the book was all about just trying to get a job in the white collar world. I recommend this review of the book by Trevor. She is aware of multitudes of talented people working in unsuitable positions in blue-collared jobs, others unemployed and depressed.
Bait and Switch is brutally disillusioned. We read this as a book club selection and no one in our group dug it very much, mostly for the same reasons I didn’t. She has so many disdainful comments about nearly everyone she encounters, every restaurant and hotel she stays in, that after a while, I started hoping I never ever encounter her while she is writing another secret project book. 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.
She is encouraged by the so-called expert consultants to go to job ehdenreich, pay big dollars to improve her resume, personality and appearance, attend net- Barbara’s sarcastic wit makes the serious topic of job hunting a humerous and fascinating report.
Maybe the whole point of a college education, which is the almost universal requirement for white-collar employment, is that it trains you to sit still and keep your eyes open.
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 sswitch fire. Yet this work is surprisingly shallow in its ehrengeich. As her book begins, she reclaims her maiden name, fudges her resume and prepares to enter the world of corporate PR.
Her previous books include Nickel and Dimedand Global Woman. If I couldn’t get a job, how on earth do you expect to?
In fact it is common now in job interviews, that you will be asked for your credit rating. It was interesting that this book was written in ; with the recession still fresh in everyone’s mind, this book is still perfectly applicable. She sums up my experience with the corporate world beautifully. She goes to networking groups that take places in churches – and then rants and raves that the group starts the meeting with prayer.
But doesn’t every industry and every class have shortcomings too? 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.
Book Reviews – Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich
While it may be necessary to assume a disguise when penetrating a secretive organization or particularly shadowy corporation, surely at least some of the middle class unemployed ehernreich not unwilling to speak frankly about their experiences and expectations.
This was exasperating and sad. Which is not exactly new insight. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Retrieved 14 August Throughout this process, she swiych, she is being asked to undergo a form of depersonalisation.
You can go back to school like one of my classmates did at age 60 to become a director, or my friend who quit her accounting job to go to art school.
Alright, admittedly, this is a really long review and diatribe.