Barbara Ehrenreich's "Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream"

Barbara Ehrenreich's "Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream"

Author: 
Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich goes undercover to explore the world of unemployment in America.

Book Excerpt: 
"Where to begin? My first foray into the world of job searching, undertaken at my computer on a gloomy December afternoon, is distinctly intimidating. These days, I have gathered from a quick tour of relevant web sites, you don't just pore over the help-wanted ads, send off some résumés, and wait for the calls. Job searching has become, if not a science, a technology so complex that no mere job seeker can expect to master it alone. The Internet offers a bewildering variety of sites where you can post a résumé in the hope that a potential employer will notice it. Alternatively, you can use the net to apply directly to thousands of companies. But is the résumé eye-catching enough? Or would it be better to attempt face-to-face encounters at the proliferating number of "networking events" that hold out the promise of meaningful contacts?"
Year of Publication: 
Sat, 2006-07-01
Book Publisher: 
Owl Books