By Barbara Ehrenreich

ISBN-10: 0805081240

ISBN-13: 9780805081244

The bestselling writer of Nickel and Dimed is going again undercover to do for America’s ill heart category 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 economic system: the shadowy global 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 occupation training and character trying out, then trawling a sequence of EST-like boot camps, task gala's, networking occasions, and evangelical job-search ministries. She will get a picture makeover, works to undertaking a profitable angle, but is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and—again and again—rejected.

Bait and turn highlights the folk who’ve performed every thing right—gotten collage levels, built marketable talents, and outfitted up outstanding résumés—yet became many times at risk of financial ruin, and never easily a result of vagaries of the enterprise cycle. Today’s ultra-lean businesses show pride in laying off their “surplus” employees—plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight quarter 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 safeguard even should you have jobs.

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

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If on to Frank, a rumpled-looking fellow of about sixty, who says such a paragon of executive virtue can go jobless for almost a he is a consultant in financial matters. year, what hope is there for someone in my situation? " he asks me. " own business as a career coach, or "transition accelerant" as the brief biography on the Forty-Plus web site puts it. " I want Joe's job is what I am thinking, which seems to giving up chocolate as a New Year's resolution—he "would have involve no more than note taking and serving, in his brilliant red trouble trouble sweater, as a human stoplight.

But the fake laugh fails to 19 catch on; most people are looking at her with slight alarm. She tries again in a higher register—Ha ha ha ha ha, Ha ha ha A period of unemployment is also likely to damage one's credit rating. S. companies now run a credit check as a condition for employment, up from 19 percent in 1996—making it far more difficult to bounce back after hard times. See Marie Szaniszlo, "Employers Turning to a New Kind of Ref Check," Boston Herald, December 12, 2004. " backward through the door frame, but Pamela is directly behind me, Yeah, right, like I'm going to have resume entries like "ne- blocking the way.

Suspect this is a veiled reference to my recent insistence on a time "Yes! Each letter signifies something, and together you get a frame for our coaching process, or at least some estimate of when I kind of fruit salad! The E—that's for extrovert. " she had weaseled out of. " I cannot think of how to respond, which seems to occasion a rare moment of self-doubt in Kimberly. " she asks. "Do you feel drained by spending time with people? " "Now for the really good news," she tells me. "ENTJ is also called the commandant.

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