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I think every high school student should have to read part of it. Mar 06, Florence rated it really liked it Shelves: She spent a good part of the book being cynical about the many people and places she enlisted to help her in her search. Views Read Edit View history.

It felt like reading a book about financial responsibility in which the author spends most of her time sending checks to Nigerian princes.

These are traits that are ehrerneich only6 unnecessary for most business jobs, they are actually a handicap when it comes to raising through the ranks of large companies. From a blog post I wrote in Switcg was more telling switcb Nickel and Dimed than her appalled realisation that the scrubbing regime imposed by her cleaning job was ineffective – if anything it spread germs and grime – but that it gave the superficial appearance of a job well done.

And with this openness comes a huge vulnerability for the veterans in the field. Corporations really don’t want anyone to ruffle anyone’s feathers!

So it’s really a book about the horrors and indignities of the job search. She also stresses the obvious, the need for a universal health system.


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

As Ehrenreich pointed out in the book, people are very unlikely to get the same results when taking the test different times — it’s so subjective to mood and other outside factors. Want to Read saving…. There are few social supports for these newly disposable workers, Ehrenreich discovers, and little security even for those who have jobs.

Conditions described in this book can only have gotten worse since then. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Jul 03, Masque Chen rated it really liked it. Sadly, there just wasn’t enough meat here. It was pretty obvious that I wasn’t some gum snapping college drop out who would take crap from a manager – and when the interviewer is less articulate than the interviewee, you can be guaranteed that the interviewer is moving on to the next applicant.

The joke is on you, slave

To ask other readers questions about Bait and Switchplease sign up. There are good people who end up corporate managers, born-again Christians, and Republicans. Bait and Switch highlights the people who have done everything right–gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes–yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster.

In that book, she mentions that nobody who interviewed or hired her ever commented on her education or that she was a writer. Marx says in Wage-Labor and Capital that the alienation of labour is due to capitalism reducing all skills down so that every job becomes unskilled. There are members of all families that seem to have been born with a disproportionate sense of entitlement.


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She would talk about training and education, the commitment needed to get up every day and write a book. I really enjoyed Nickel and Dimed in which the author took on several minimum wage type jobs and tried to live on her salary. Undercover, trying to break into the corpora Ehrenreich posits that, no matter your education or previous track record of success in the white collar world, you are not assured of a stable economic future.

She picks PR because it’s close to her real job journalism and writingbut she doesn’t know the industry – so she spends time finding out the most basic facts about the career – what kind of companies hire PR specialists, what are the professional associations that might help, even the industry jargon.

Originally, she set her sights on an Executive PR job which no one would have given her with her purported work history. Jun 05, Meg rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Very sobering, and very true.

The white-collar corporate employee Was expecting to like this one more than I actually did. But by far the most egregious assumption made by Ehrenreich is that she is not only utterly qualified for a corporate position, but that she is over-qualified.

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