Is that the story you expected to tell? Then once you do lose a job, in whatever arbitrary fashion, there are not a lot of social supports for you. At what price does the American dream come? If you ever needed proof the internet was designed by boys. I did everything I could think of. However, with a falsified resume designed to hide her identity, she spends the entire book in the job search process. Barbara Ehrenreich: The impetus came out of Nickel and Dimed.
T Question: As she sets it out in her introduction, the goal of this book is to show what it takes to find a white-collar job in America. It's their world I entered, and their story that I tell in Bait and Switch. And while blue-collar poverty has become numbingly routine, white-collar unemployment—and the poverty that often results—remains a rude finger in the face of the American dream. However, the rankings and listings of our reviews, tools and all other content are based on objective analysis. Selling close to one million copies, Nickel and Dimed exposed the truth about the demise of a living wage, health insurance, and other presumed rewards for American workers. Although Ehrenreich doesn't accomplish what she set out to do enter the corporate world as an employee , she offers a scary look at the nature of unemployment in the white collar world. First, starting with the economic downturn of 2001, there has been a rise in unemployment among highly credentialed and experienced people.
Summary The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. At one point, Ehrenreich makes a bid for a job with a company allegedly involved in abusive interrogations of detainees in Iraq. That's the real crisis -- how we, as a society, are accepting excuses from our government and our employers that increasing limit our options and keep us at a perpetual disadvantage that is not static but spiraling downward. I was told I would get an intelligent, critical examination of corporate culture and received a self-serving pile of snark. I got the feeling that she had a contract with the editor and couldn't change it once she had started off on the wrong path, so she just made the best of it, which did not make for good reading. Bait and Switch highlights the people who have done everything right—gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive résumés—yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster. They want somebody young, pliable and cheap.
Those who played by the rules — they earned a college degree and secured a place on the corporate ladder — now find that the game changed. 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. They had been praised; they had been promoted. Lobby for universal health insurance that's not tied to a job, for example. That being said, I have to say as a former job seeker during the 2009 California recession , this book and it's assertions are right on the money. That said, both books seem really weird to me.
There are proselytising Christians who think that unemployment is as good a time to become converted to Jesus as any other. If viewing the working poor as a state of emergency promotes society to take action, then so be it. In particular she takes a couple swipes at their use of personality tests under the pretense of helping to find the right job. You do your own grassroots organizing in support of the store or the company, whatever the situation is, which fascinated me. Obtaining a good education and working hard are not enough. For details contact: Director, Special Markets. Readers will come away with the sense that they are not alone in their job search predicament.
I asked how much the pay was. Furthermore, I had the disadvantage of never having held a white-collar job with a corporation. Alternately hilarious and tragic, Bait and Switch, like the classic Nickel and Dimed, is a searing expose of the cruel new reality in which we all now live. All this discourages any solidarity with others or real openness. Do you think this is a good psychological strategy? 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 tests have been completely exposed as nonsense. She went out to try to nab a job in mid management with a fake resume and just never made it.
TodayÂs ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding their ÂsurplusÂ employeesÂplunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job searching becomes a full-time job in itself. Other readers though, are affluent people who write to say I opened their eyes to a world they'd been unaware of. The last eight years of my life were spent representing people faced with the really yucky side of the corporate world — the part where the people I was representing were being disciplined or threatened with the sack. Back in 2005 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. But they lost a job at some point and never quite pulled themselves out of it.
I would get laid off twice more before landing stable employment again in 2012. She does a superb job of focusing the spotlight on a nether world of those without jobs or those profoundly shaken by their inability to find economic security. I guess the problem is that I'll be booted out right around the time I start to really need the money ie, at the age I'll theoretically be when I have kids going into college. Right off, first clue, everybody wants to give you a personality test. My third rule was that I would have to take the first job I was offered that met my requirements as to income and benefits. A number of people that I talked to seemed to have been doing very well when they were laid off. What world do they enter, and how do they go about getting a job, and what do they experience? They can think for themselves.
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. Ehrenreich details the struggle that middle class, otherwise well equipped job candidates have to face in getting any sort of employment. Even then, they are kept at a distance and their words are limited to excerpted paragraphs. These career coaches and personality tests did nothing to help Ehrenreich find a job. Although this book was published in 2005, I didn't read it until 2010. In her latest book, Barbara Ehrenreich trades her Wal-Mart vest for a business suit.
Ehrenreich missed the mark with this book. Please obtain a new Access Token on the plugin's Settings page. My fear, perhaps exaggerated, was that my current name might be recognized, or would at least turn up an embarrassing abundance of Google entries. I knew, from my reading, that mid- and high-level corporate executives and professionals today often face the same punishing demands on their time as low-paid wage earners who must work two jobs in order to make ends meet. Surely this is a demonstration of how much these people want to find employment, not of their congenital stupidity. No economic system is perfect, and the current employment trends are some of the downfalls of capitalism, a system that America embraces but simultaneously condemns.