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Author: numb99 Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 725  
Subject: Re: Bait and Switch: Barbara Ehrenreich Date: 12/19/2005 7:31 PM
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I read Nickel and Dimed and thought it was a very brilliant book and now have 'Bait and Switch' on my want-to-read list.

Save your time. N&D is a much better book than B&S. I just finished the latter over the weekend. Though it pretends to be an assessment of corporate culture, what it really is is an expose on the job search industry. The networking events that are really a sales pitch, the resume writers who string you along fixing "just one more thing" at $100/hour, and the unqualified career coaches. The author never really gets into the corporate world, though the title of the book makes it appear that way.

I believe that the author also had unrealistic expectations of what kind of job she was qualified for. Though she has never worked in any firm, she was trying to land PR jobs in another city where she doesn't know anyone (The fact that she never had a local address probably didn't help anyone reading her resume either).

-Ben
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