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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. This uncombative persona means she can’t ehrenreihc nail how much job-seeking itself has become an exploitative industry.

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I was looking forward to reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s latest tome, Bait and Switch: Aug 25, C. Lists with This Book. This lesser companion piece to Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” can only be described as a book-length exercise in turning lemons into lemonade.

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. Aug 30, Jenny rated it did wsitch like it Shelves: Alright, admittedly, this is a really long review and diatribe.

I wonder how she would react to a typical corporate-type who showed up at her door, insisted they were qualified to be a co-author on her next project, and then provided a falsified resume to strengthen their assertion.


Her hope is that future solutions lie in updated forms of collective action that protect employees from the vicissitudes and volatility of the employment world. This is my second book by this so-called journalist and my last. For those in the middle, the squeeze is on. There are members of all families that seem to have been born with a disproportionate sense of entitlement.

Certainly, it is clear that Barbara Ehrenreich believes this to be true. May 03, Rachel rated it liked it. Dialogue Tips on technique 5: As Ehrenreich pointed out in the book, people are very unlikely to get the same results ehrennreich taking the test different times — it’s so subjective to mood and other outside factors.

The joke is on you, slave

The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. How can CEO wages continue to go up? I did freelance work out of swith home – but despite advertising “strictly therapeutic massage” – even the most “nice” and family oriented male clients eventually hinted that they wanted a little more from their massage.

Cheerfulness, upbeatness, and compliance: Open Preview See a Problem? The advice given by career coaches is generally silly EST-like pop psychology. I really don’t think most people do this.

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. And all this being said, I do think there is a great deal in the corporate world that should be changed. I switcch laid off in November and I couldn’t get a job even with many years of solid web development and project management experience – there just weren’t jobs out there.

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This book was written in prior to the latest world-wide economic downturn. Ehrenreich found herself entering a shadowy world of Internet job searches, lonely networking events and costly career-coaching sessions, a world in which ‘professional’ mentors and trainers offer pop-psychology and self-help mantras to ehenreich would-be employees.

I got the feeling that she had a contract with the editor and couldn’t change it once she ehrenrelch started off on the wrong path, so she just made the best of it, which did not make for qnd reading. And by focusing on flaws in you — appearance, body language, resume, etc — we get distracted from the true costs that outsourcing has had on American culture.

Her previous books include Nickel and Dimedand Global Woman. No retirement matching, no vacation pay, no insurance — nada. If you are a middle-aged corporate executive, Ehrenreich’s conclusion is “good luck!

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Which is not exactly new insight. Like how Ehrenreich brow-beats a defenseless, spent, fragile job coach who, no doubt, just wanted to help people. Ironically, the highly successful were sometimes the first to be let go because of their higher wages.

I really enjoyed Nickel and Dimed in which the author took on several minimum wage type jobs and tried to live on her salary. The endless hours spent alone searching online for a job?