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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The career coach she found online was a living farce.
The joke is on you, slave
On Not Getting By in America. Not only does she expose the entirely new industry that sprang up in the wake of ehrrnreich “right-sizing” and economic re-organization – phony career-coaches, resume consulting firms, “image” experts and expensive job hunting ‘boot camps’ – she also delves into the devastating emotional toll an experience like this can take on people – even on her, when this was supposed to be just research for a book!
Ehrenreich is a nonbeliever and also satirizes the “Christian businessmen” groups that advertise for the unemployed, largely Southern evangelicals apparently.
Then, in the past generation or so, corporate mentality changed. It is not until the last chapter that they are given a chance to voice their concerns.
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From a blog post I wrote in That world is so illogical and frustrating, I thought it would make a great story. These suggestions, after a long look at the depressing state of things, seem like weak requests for bandaids. They always said something about excellence ehremreich something about commitment. For Her Own Good: The difficulty of finding a position was in part the product of the reality of the wider jobs market: Its white-collar disenfranchised have been made redundant, often without warning, and flounder in a stagnant pool of ‘transition’.
Yet she preferred to criticize the church-based groups which were really support groups for having another agenda other than getting her a job. She ends with a good analysis of the overall problem for the nation: The state of swktch unemployed from all walks of life is lamentable, and I hope never to find myself back in the grind of job-hunting or working in the corporate world, either as a member of middle management or a blue-collar worker.
wsitch It seems especially appropriate right now. 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.
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Some end up on the street. I totally agree with the overuse of the Myers-Briggs and Enneagram by many as overrated in its expected benefits. 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 author recounts her experiences with a number of them. Some of the most conflicting and insidious advice concerns her gender. 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.
Perhaps most harrowing of all are the questions this book doesn’t ask–if a decent, graduated candidate can have this kind of trouble finding a job, what chance at all does a former convict or mentally ill person hoping to clean up their act and support themselves have? In a career lacking a particular professional skill, corporate workers are their own tools and blame themselves when unscrupulously consigned to economic wastage. So the question now for me is, did she fail because she did not find a job?
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.
So many factors are working against ehrenreicu in getting a job — who you don’t know, what your credit score is, and even if you’ve been unemployed for some span of time it’s called a Gap — an employer won’t hire someone ahd because they’ve been unemployed for some span of time through no fault or choice of their own. Ehrenreich finds that you’ve fallen for bogus corporate paternalism and that the joke is on you.
I really don’t think most people do this. What I will say however is that the unemployed White Collars certainly do not fall under that stereotype.
There are good people who end up corporate managers, born-again Christians, and Republicans. Dissent come easily to them, as does complexity.
Ehrenreich started with the intention of a parallel structure eehrenreich ‘Nickle and Dimed’ – she would masquerade as a unemployed switdh PR professional, get corporate job, work there for several months and write about the experience. 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. Especially for those who think this can never happen to them.
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On Not Getting By in America This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best-seller list since its publication. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Trying to get a non-corporate job was really hard – even taking off my college degrees from my resume and removing titles and extraneous responsibilities, only listing a job history and applicable skills. Want to Read saving…. People come to them for help, spend a lot of money they cannot afford to spend and in return they get advice of dubious quality.
The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream. 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.
Overall, Ehrenreich makes me feel bitchy and andd me to realize that the only edge she has is that she is not a member of the groups that she studies.