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They love abstract ehrnreich. But, she thinks so little of the profession she attempts to enter that she assumes her skills are not only transferable, but better than.

She devotes a couple of chapters and a conclusion to analyze this, but the majority of the book is focused on her meetings with career coaches and the sessions she attends under their guidance.

One of the problems with her approach is that the strictures of her false identity lead to an unrealism that seriously undermines the credibility of her narrative.

I could clean up people’s resumes just as well as she’s doing – she doesn’t even understand the kind of jobs barvara I am seeking. However, I thought she spent a little too much time examining the world of ‘career coaching’ and not enough focusing on the plight of the unemployed white collar worker who has searched for months, been forced to ehernreich a ‘survival’ job, and generally feels a sense of despair.

Mar 16, Amber rated it really liked it. But dis “Barbara Ehrenreich is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism. Obtaining a good education and working hard are not enough.

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

In Ba The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from “our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism”–The New York Times Book Review Americans’ working lives are growing more precarious every day. It was also interesting to see all the “coaches” out This was exasperating and sad.


This book was frightening. Is it logical at all? Some of the most conflicting and insidious advice concerns her gender.

Whenever she naively asks whether homemaking might count as a valuable skill, the appalled silence is her answer, and her CV eventually smoothes over any such damaging suggestion. Surely, she would explain the many hours, even years, which went into honing her craft. Bait and Switch is brutally disillusioned. It may be that the real heroism in this country is found closer to the poverty line then to middle management.

But a lengthy conclusion with a multitude of declarative statements presented as absolutes just didn’t sit so well with me. But the most interesting part of the book is near the end when she gives up on her own search and interviews the fellow seekers she’s met along the way. Or Patrick, the motivational speaker whose shtick is to blame jobseekers for their own misfortune, but who gives off a depressed, ‘death-of-a-salesman vibe’.

Bait and Switch Quotes by Barbara Ehrenreich

Ehrenreich’s discussion, therefore, focuses on the instability of life at a middle or white-collar stratum of the employment world, particularly in the case of the long ‘transition’ periods when people lose one particular job and attempt to attain another. Ehrenreich finds that you’ve fallen for bogus corporate sditch and that the joke is on you.

Did she just not encounter any or did she not report any? It wasn’t the story I thought it would be. 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.

Maybe the whole point of a college education, which is the almost universal requirement for white-collar employment, is that it trains you to sit still and keep your eyes open. Humbug is their enemy. I agree that it’s hard for people to find jobs in America and especially once you hit a certain age and level in your career but I feel that the book would have had more of an effect if she’d just followed the struggles of one of the many people she met along her journey instead of creating her own troubles.


The emotional turmoil on this depressing, ego-crushing journey of rejection is clear, but unfortunately, Barbara comes off to me as fairly unlikable after a while.

If you are a middle-aged corporate executive, Ehrenreich’s conclusion is “good luck! A bit like an epidemiological study, her exaggerated methods do lead to a few moments where I thought, yeah. The bottom line is: Instead, the book was all about just trying to get a job in the white collar world.

I admittedly had higher hopes for this book after having just read Nickel and Dimed, and I think the biggest downfall — whether or not there was more Ehrenreich could have done about it — was not actually ever landing a job in the “corporate sector. She employed a resume expert, job coach, had a personal makeover and attended several workshops and networking group meetings to help her land a job.

Bait and Switch Quotes

Then they found that finding another job bagbara, and sometimes impossible. It also marks the point where Ehrenreich stops playing the good pupil – she cannot stomach the anti-semitism, the ‘bowdlerised Christianity leavened with down-home homophobia’.

She seems to think that people should be bati up to hire someone with her not very impressive sounding and MADE UP credentials. Ehrenreich missed the mark with this book.