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Although Ehrenreich doesn’t accomplish what she set out to do enter the corporate world as an employeeshe offers a scary look at the nature of unemployment in the white collar world. This book would have been interesting if it had included more information about people and follow up with them ie, expanding the “Conclusion” — and maybe some more statistics.

Bait and Switch

Trivia About Bait and Switch: Cheerfulness, upbeatness, and compliance: How hard can it be? But she is penetrating about the reality of corporate life, and the back-stabbing ethic it instills. It seems especially appropriate right now. She makes superficial bbait of them, without talking to them at any length.

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Alright, admittedly, this is a really long review and diatribe. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and–again and barvara.

If I couldn’t get a job, how on earth do you expect to? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Yet this work is surprisingly shallow in its views. Sure, your results in the Meyers Briggs test are interesting on a personal level, but why on Earth would they be considered a viable tool for selecting new employees? I definitely empathized with Ehrenreich’s struggle, but perhaps it was too above my own status to be able to relate to.


In other spots, it seems like she deliberately makes choices that make for good copy but strike a false note. 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.

Scott rated it liked it. In the barbada, I thought Ehrenreich to be a bit of a whiner and more than rhrenreich little self-entitled. Apr 26, Rachel Willis rated it liked it Shelves: Being charged fees for services of questionable value is the last thing needed.

But doesn’t every industry and every class have shortcomings too? Her networking was with the unemployed. Having been through the white-collar lay-off process and I choose to say “lay off” instead of “in transition” since it is more honestI have to agree with Ehrenreich.

In the end I think she would have done better shadowing 3 or 4 people who have lost their jobs and truly analyzing their situations completely, instead of trying to masquerade as something she wasn’t. One chapter would have been enough to tell the reader that, in general, these people offer no real help in the search to find a job and ultimately make their livings by taking advantage of the hopelessly unemployed.

The barbqra issue here is that she didn’t have the 20 or so years of experience, of friends in the business and contacts in her trade to give her a boost.

But, putting this initial, and only slight objection aside it is fun, after all, to read the narrative of a complete outsider barhara a new world, even if not entirely convincing my major objection to this book is how callously Ehrenreich dismisses the unemployed workers she interacts with as automatons and gullible fools.


As her book begins, she reclaims her maiden name, fudges her resume and prepares to enter the world of corporate PR. She seems to think that people should be lining up to hire someone with her not very impressive sounding and MADE UP credentials. It has been a journey into the hideous side of human nature, a place where people show their worst sides – some more gleefully than others. 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 take a ‘survival’ job, and generally feels a sense of despair.

The book follows Ehrenreich’s examination of the world of insecure low-wage work that constituted Nickel and Dimedpublished in The emotional turmoil on this depressing, ego-crushing journey of rejection baif clear, but unfortunately, Barbara comes off to me as fairly unlikable after a while.

She ends with a ehrejreich to the unemployed to organize and get involved to lobby for improvements. I admittedly had higher hopes for this book after having just wwitch 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. Or perhaps it was just too unrealistic. The whole thing just left a bad taste in my mouth and overshadowed the real problems that people in this situation face.