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By Barbara Ehrenreich

The bestselling writer of Nickel and Dimed is going again undercover to do for America’s in poor health heart type what she did for the operating poor

Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage employees. Now, in Bait and turn, she enters one other hidden realm of the financial system: the shadowy international of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a believable résumé of a pro “in transition,” she makes an attempt to land a middle-class job—undergoing profession training and character trying out, then trawling a sequence of EST-like boot camps, task festivals, networking occasions, and evangelical job-search ministries. She will get a picture makeover, works to venture a successful angle, but is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and—again and again—rejected.

Bait and turn highlights the folks who’ve performed every thing right—gotten collage levels, built marketable abilities, and equipped up outstanding résumés—yet became again and again susceptible to bankruptcy, and never easily as a result of the vagaries of the enterprise cycle. Today’s ultra-lean agencies show pride in laying off their “surplus” employees—plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight area of white-collar unemployment, the place activity looking out turns into a full-time task in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social helps for those newly disposable workers—and little safety even if you have jobs.

Like the now vintage Nickel and Dimed, Bait and turn is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing exposé of monetary cruelty the place we least count on it.

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In my web searches, I find it and turn to page 31, as instructed. There I find a list of have come across several enjoinders to, in fact, become more the organizational qualities of ENTJs, including "take charge Kimberly-like if I intend to land a job. " I ask. " she responds, and I begin to detect just the slightest impatience with me. your personal attitude will determine the ultimate success of your job campaign. If you are angry with your former employer, or have a negative attitude, it will show.

I would one day I spend the morning on my resume and the afternoon work out anyway, but it's nice to have this ratified as a legitimate reading Don't Send a Resume: And Other Contrarian Rules to Help job-search activity. In fact, I find it expanding to fill the time Land a Great Job, by Jeffrey J. Fox, who informs me bleakly: available—from forty-five minutes to more than an hour a day. I may never find a job, but I will, in a few more weeks, be in a position to A resume with a "for everyman" cover letter is junk mail.

And problems: if "selling myself" had seemed like a tricky form of It's the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us, job searching, self-objectification, "managing myself" takes the process even properly undertaken, should be far more time-consuming than an farther, into the realm of mental cloning. I picture the actual job: "If you have a job, then you might have the luxury of Barbaras splitting off into worker-Barbara (the one who sits at working 9:00 to 5:00. " 18 who has to be "sold"), and now manager-Barbara (whose The alternative to manufactured busyness is flat-out de- responsibility is to oversee the other two)—all contending for pression, as a large gray-haired man seems to confirm when, in an dominance in the same cramped office space.

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