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The state of the unemployed from all walks of life is lamentable, and I hope never to find myself back seitch the grind of job-hunting or working in the corporate world, either as a member of middle management or a blue-collar worker. There were several anecdotes about people who were involved without success in long term job searches but none about people who actually found a job comparable to the one they left.

She spent a good part of the book being cynical about the many people and places she enlisted to help her in her search. Return to Book Page.

Bait and Switch Quotes by Barbara Ehrenreich

This book was frightening. Barbara Ehrenreich is a good writer and is able to make this ehrsnreich commentary of American life an interesting, and at times humorous, reading experience. By starting at the beginning, so to speak, eurenreich would be able Was expecting to like this one more than I actually did. Barbara’s final conclusion is that America’s disgruntled workers must get together and find or create ways to put people to work.


Since she’s operating under a false identity, she can’t use the real contacts she has, and of course the fictional clients she created can’t help either.

Does she provide a solution? Also, beware having a high paid job; it might mean bsrbara will loose that job, as a cost-cutting corporate measure.

The end result and main point I gleaned from the story–a white collar job seeker with totally decent credentials college degree, certifications, clean history, etc is going to face an uphill battle and likely PAY money in the form of seminars and preparation just to have a fighting chance looking for any kind of job.

Unscientific personality tests bundle her into a variety of bogus categories – one proclaims her Original and Effective, another acclaims her as ‘the commandant’. Mar 06, Florence rated it really liked it Shelves: Undercover, trying to break into the corporate world, Ms. Her previous books include Nickel and Dimedand Global Woman. Oct 02, Obscuranta Hideypants rated it did not like it Recommends it for: She ends with a good analysis of the overall problem for the nation: It feels less like she, as an outsider and someone “above” the work she was doing was looking down in disapproval.

Bait and Switch Quotes

And barbzra this openness comes a huge vulnerability for the veterans in the field. Come to nait of it, there are probably quite a few unemployed journalists too. State licensing of medical doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, teachers and lawyers. Would a real PR professional with an identical background have been to secure a position within that four month period?


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Ehrenreich does none of this. 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. These were the motivated workers who supposedly did everything right and are now sinking toward the poverty line. The rich get richer, and the poo Not so certain why people reaect negatively to this book. She spent a good part of the book being cynical about the many people and places she enlisted to help her in her sear Ehrenreich ehrenfeich the mark with this book.

She embarked upon a quest to try to get a job in public relations. This is one of those books that, although it’s certainly well-written and -observed, I wonder what the big revelation is supposed to be.

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I spoke with a career counselor ONE time and realized: I feel like this book itself was a bit of a bait and switch because the cover seems to indicate that the author is going to uncover some truths about modern corporate culture. Surely, she would explain the many hours, even years, which went into honing her craft.