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If you ever needed proof the internet was designed by boys You may believe experience counts and loyalty will be rewarded. I wish I was not unemployed and disgusted and thus had more energy to devote to why this book is wrong, but I am just too overwhelmed by everything described here and a powerful awareness of class and futility. 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 job, which, of course, never came.

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. She handles the overwhelming uncertainty and life-questioning that being unemployed or underemployed leaves you feeling psychologically, but she does not ever get put into a corner at which she is unable to function or dole out another unemployed chunk of money at career coaches.

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Then they found that finding another job difficult, and sometimes impossible. These barriers provide some protection from lesser trained completion. This uncombative persona means she can’t always nail how much job-seeking itself has become an exploitative industry.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

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.

Perhaps you feel the executive status you slaved for is a permanent attribute. Someone who was never unemployed and bwrbara to be told that egrenreich is how it is? The tone of this book is not that of an objective journalist, but is snarky, that of an activist mocking her target.


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 barbaa is moving on to the next applicant. View all 13 comments. The corporate sector blanches at middle age too stroppy, too darn expensiveand middle-aged women are an anathema. If this is the point, it was well-taken.

She would talk about training and education, the commitment needed to get up every day and write a book.

Bait and Switch Quotes by Barbara Ehrenreich

There are proselytising Christians who think that unemployment is as good a time to become converted to Jesus as any other. If you are a middle-aged corporate executive, Ehrenreich’s conclusion is “good luck! The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream. The author of the international bestseller Nickel and Dimed delivers a stark warning about the future that faces corporate employees everywhere.

Ehrenreich missed the mark with this book. There are no conversations presented, and a lack of human context. She attends more than one fundamentalist Christian networking event even after she makes clear that she has severe doubts about mixing religion and commerce. Jun 08, Hannah rated it liked it.

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The author is unable to look beyond her narrow reformist perspective and see that what is needed is not lobbying to patch up a dying monster, but an independent political movement of the working class against the system as a whole.

Thus many are now joining the flow of ehrenrfich downwardly mobile. It just makes me angry and supports the whole need-money-to-get-money catch, the Marxist flaw that the only people that can start the revolution are those that are not working their lives away thus not workers, thus not a marxist revolution In some cases, they were high achievers who ran into trouble precisely because they had risen far enough in the company for their salaries to look like a tempting cost cut.

She makes superficial appraisals of them, without talking to them at any length. Unscientific personality tests bundle her into a variety of bogus categories – one proclaims her Original and Effective, another acclaims her as ‘the commandant’. She ends with ehreneeich call to the unemployed to organize and get involved to lobby for improvements.


I have known a few of the unemployed middle class, at least one of whom was recently without work for more than a year, and none used the myriad methods Ehrenreich so condescendingly employs.

The endless hours spent alone searching online for a job? The difficulty of finding a position was in part the product of the reality of the wider jobs market: Perhaps the most surprising thing is how long this has all been a problem.

Large corporations do not reward creativity or independent thinking. Quotes from Bait and Switch: A comparison of Bait and Switch with her earlier Nickel and Dimed demonstrated that while Ehrenreich finds much to lament in the plight of the working class, she generally finds the corporate world laughable and the OK, so it may be that the blue and pink collar work force is easier to love than middle management.

She is encouraged by the so-called expert consultants to go to job fairs, pay big dollars to improve her resume, personality and appearance, attend net-working sessions everywhere, including religious gatherings ,all methods to get the PR position she is after.

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However, with a falsified resume designed to hide her identity, she spends the entire book in the job search process. Although this book was published inI didn’t read it until It’s the transition from hope to despair, in the main: Ehrenreich accepts most of her coaches and counsellors at their own estimation, however loopy.

Bait and Switch is brutally disillusioned. What this book really is, is a book about the scary world of white collar unemployment erenreich recruitment.

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She thinks so bati of the corporate world that she thinks that they won’t be able to tell. The whole thing just left a bad taste in my mouth and overshadowed the real problems that people in this situation face.

Apr 24, Jean Kelly rated it liked it.