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Creating a fake identity complete with her former name, an imagined past as a PR professional re-entering the industry, and a phony resume, Ehrenreich was only able to present a one-dimensional account of her own experience rather than get into the bigger picture. Let’s put a little more distance between me and my own college career before I start seriously thinking about those things.
Would a real PR professional with an identical background have been to secure a position within that four month period?
She pays for a few career coaches who spout nothing other than positive thinking, even though they strike her as irritating from the first meeting.
They can think for themselves. But what else would the book have been? 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. It also marks the point where Ehrenreich stops playing the good pupil – she cannot stomach swith anti-semitism, the ‘bowdlerised Christianity leavened with down-home homophobia’.
Barbara’s final conclusion is that America’s disgruntled ehrenrfich must get together and find or create ways to put people to work. Paperbackpages.
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
The book examines not just the cheesy, but the downright bizarre philosophical and psychological movements within the business world. Want to Read saving….
These suggestions, after a long look at the depressing state of things, seem like weak requests for bandaids. To the reader, they come over as desperadoes and shysters, who have realised that, in an age of unreliable job security, insecurity is a burgeoning market. She does not land ehrenreichh job in that time though a couple of demeaning oppportunities become available.
That said, both books seem really weird to me. This uncombative persona means she can’t always nail how much znd itself has become an exploitative industry. Solutions are far from obvious, and the problem seems even worse now than it did in There are good adn who end up corporate managers, born-again Christians, and Republicans.
Presumably now many would be victims of the real estate and finance collapse. I find it hypocritical to assume that anyone with half a brain, or a conscience, would follow the same path you yourself have taken. This is my second book by this so-called journalist and my last.
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It is as if the author is tired of her subject and the subjects of her study. Alternately frustrating, funny, and depressing, Anv Ehrenreich’s unsuccessful pursuit of a white collar job in will leave you wondering how anyone ever gets, or keeps a job, and how anyone can get by.
Barbara’s sarcastic wit makes the serious topic of job hunting a humerous and fascinating report.
Perhaps my lack of enthusiasm is more a reaction to the information than to Ehrenreich’s writing. I thought I would have a really great review when I was through with this book. 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. In this case, she decided to pseudonymously penetrate the corporate world instead and then write about the way in which things operate in reality in a similar manner to her earlier book in this case adopting her maiden name as a cover.
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.
But doesn’t every industry and every class have shortcomings too? Conditions described in this book can only have gotten worse since then.
What this book really is, is a book about the scary world of white collar unemployment and ehrenrelch. I expected her to go through several forays into the craziness that is Corporate America and describe it from the perspective of the free wheeling academic. In a career lacking a particular professional skill, corporate workers are their own tools and blame themselves when unscrupulously consigned to economic wastage. I expected her to go through sev From a blog ehrejreich I wrote in Oct 05, Barbara rated it it was ok.
Aug 05, Skywalker rated it seitch it. If you ever needed proof the internet was designed by boys As she did with entry level work in Nickeled and Dimed, she set out to infiltrate this world as an undercover journalist by getting this type of job.
Erenreich she preferred to criticize the church-based groups which were really support groups for having another agenda other than getting her a job. She didn’t entirely fib her work history, but she had several gaps and tried to portray herself as a contractor type with speech writing and meeting planning experience.
Especially ehrenerich those who think this can never happen to them. Surely this is a demonstration of how much these people want to find employment, not of their congenital stupidity. It would be nice if corporate tax breaks geared for job building actually demanded the companies add jobs, rather than firing people and increasing the top salaries. She creates a somewhat fictitious resume – she has a background in “event brbara and was a PR consultant Why do I do this to myself?
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.
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Aug 30, Jenny rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. Throughout, she realises, she is encouraged to develop a personality of depersonalisation, to become unchallenging, unthreatening and able to turn any anger or rejection inwards when, inevitably, given the push.
She sums ehrenreicch my experience with the corporate world beautifully. She attended marginal job fairs and conferences.
Apr 26, Rachel Willis rated it liked it Shelves: I agree that it’s hard for people to find jobs in America and especially once you hit barbzra certain age and level in your career but Bajt 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.