Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream [Barbara Ehrenreich] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The New York Times. Bait and Switch has ratings and reviews. Trevor said: Part of ” Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.” — Dorothy. 5 quotes from Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream: ‘This advice comes as a surprise: job searching is not joblessness; it is a jo.

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Protected from the grind of routine employment wnd a successful freelance career, she goes undercover to experience the American job-market.

And on job-search workshops and seminars: It’s funny sometimes to see how the corporate world lives and what it believes and the games that people play use the correct buzz words, know the right peoplebut it also makes me so mad. Jul 11, Diana rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I could clean up people’s resumes just as well as garbara doing – she doesn’t even understand the kind of jobs that I am seeking.

She needs these undercover exposes to show how the little people live. Although Ehrenreich doesn’t accomplish what she set out to do enter the corporate world as an employeeshe offers a scary look at the nature of unemployment in the white collar world. Certainly, it is clear that Barbara Ehrenreich believes this to be true. swittch


This turned into paid internships at prestigious ac Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until Sadly, there just wasn’t enough meat here. The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream.

I was told I would get an intelligent, critical examination of corporate culture and received a self-serving pile of snark. Or else they’re borderline loopy – like Morton, who enlists dolls of the characters from the Wizard of Oz to illustrate his personality tests Ehrenreich is ‘a tin man with a little lion thrown in’.

May 03, Rachel rated it switc it.

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Because of that, I can’t help but feel that with “Bait and Switch” she tried to pass her limited experiences off as all-encompassing, when I didn’t feel that she had a basis to tell the whole story. I was a huge fan of Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” and was excited to see what her take on the white collar, corporate culture would be like.

Jul 31, Hilari ehrereich it liked it. These barriers provide some protection from lesser trained completion.

Would a real PR professional with an identical background have been to secure a position within that four month period? Perhaps she is outraged that she feels unable to connect with her fellow jobseekers.

There is barbwra very sick about our society and the best way to see where the deeply sick and troubling parts of our society are is to watch where the victim is being blamed the most. I noticed a similar, although slightly less pervasive, suggestion in Nickel and Dimed.


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

Retrieved from ” https: They always said something about excellence and something about commitment. It’s the transition from hope to despair, in the main: I think every high school student should have to read part of it. So the question now for me is, did she fail because she did not find a job? If you have a gap in employment for illness reasons or even to raise a family it is a negative!

She is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and–again and again–rejected. The balance of the staff will barbaga have to work that much harder. I expected her to go through several forays into the craziness that is Corporate America and describe it from the perspective of the free wheeling academic.

I can understand her frustration expressed in the conclusion, though can’t help but feel she was a bit harsh in switcu assesment of corporate cultures; it was to the point of demonization. She picks a pseudonym, creates a resume, and hits the job boards. She learns that “the call for the new era is greatness”.

Her hope is that future solutions lie in updated forms of ehrenreifh action that protect employees from the vicissitudes and volatility of the employment world.