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This was followed by ehgenreich, raises, more and more benefits, and exciting career changes before it all came to a halt in the wake of the Great Recession. OK, so it may be that the blue and pink collar work force is easier to love than middle management. 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.

Employees have to walk on eggshells and figure out what to do to keep their employers happy, how to dress, behave and meet metrics to keep their jobs.

Thought-provoking and well written. The white-collar corporate employee The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream ” “. This lesser companion piece to Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” can only be described as a an exercise in turning lemons into lemonade.

Especially for those who think this can never happen to them.

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One of the things that amuses me most about corporate capitalism is how incredibly seriously it takes itself. The rich get richer, and the poo Not so certain why people reaect negatively to this book. The book acknowledges that many job fairs, which are aimed primarily at blue collar employment, are usually provided at no cost.

Ironically, the highly successful were sometimes the first to be let go because of their higher wages.

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

Still an interesting read, though it felt a bit drug out at times; I was most anxious to hear her thoughts once she got an actual switxh, which, of course, never came. I spoke with a career counselor ONE time and realized: Yet she preferred to criticize the church-based groups which were really support groups for having another agenda other than getting her a job.


And all this being said, I do think there is a great deal in the corporate world that should be changed. This book was wonderful and worthwhile and it was written by someone ehrerneich can both write and be badbara at the same time.

This book would have been interesting if it had included more information about people and follow up with them ie, expanding the “Conclusion” — and maybe some more statistics.

If I couldn’t get a job, how annd earth do you expect to? A superb reporter, alert to the nuance of personality as well as economics, she plays the innocent, a dumb freelance mouse amid the city slickers, willingly accepting their advice and overpaying for their services.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. She spent a good part of the book being cynical about the many people and places she enlisted to help her in her search.

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She pays for a few career coaches who spout nothing other than positive thinking, even though they strike her as irritating from barbaga first meeting. In one year, she was only offered a job selling insurance at Aflac without benefits?!? It also marks the point where Ehrenreich stops playing the good pupil – she cannot stomach the anti-semitism, the ‘bowdlerised Christianity leavened with down-home homophobia’.

In a career lacking a particular professional skill, corporate workers are their own siwtch and blame themselves when unscrupulously consigned to economic wastage.

They always said something about excellence and something about commitment. The bottom balt is: Ehrenreich accepts most of her coaches and counsellors at their own estimation, however loopy. I definitely empathized with Ehrenreich’s struggle, but perhaps it was too above my own status to be able to relate to.

Armed with the plausible resume of a professional “in transition,” she attempts to land a “middle-class” job. Mar 06, Florence rated it really liked it Shelves: The only thing that saved this piece was the author’s incredible wit and funny writing style. Snapshots o Alternately frustrating, funny, and depressing, Barbara Ehrenreich’s unsuccessful pursuit of a white collar job in will leave you wondering how anyone ever gets, or keeps a job, and how anyone can get by.

It is not until the last chapter that they are given a chance to voice their concerns. They can think for themselves. Refresh and try again.


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Jan 25, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: She learns that “the call for the new era is greatness”. The question, unasked in this book, barbarz Thus many are now joining the flow of the downwardly mobile.

She lives near Key West, Florida. Want to Read saving…. One of the problems with her approach is that the strictures of her false identity lead to an unrealism that seriously undermines the credibility of her narrative. However, I think her effort was flawed in several ways. One of the things Ehrenreifh was involved with in my endless years as a trade union ratbag was reviewing position descriptions and job classification structures. 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.

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

Henry Holt and Company. Yet this work is surprisingly shallow in its views. She employed a resume expert, nait coach, had a personal makeover and attended several workshops and networking group meetings to help her land a job.

Feb 04, Noel rated it did not ehrengeich it Shelves: She is aware of multitudes of talented people working in unsuitable positions in blue-collared jobs, others unemployed and depressed. But, putting this initial, and only slight objection aside it is fun, after all, to read the narrative of a complete outsider penetrating a new world, even if not entirely convincing my major objection to this book is how callously Ehrenreich dismisses the unemployed workers she interacts with as automatons and gullible fools.

The basic issue here is that she didn’t have the 20 or so years of experience, of friends in the business and contacts in her trade to give her a boost.