The overall purpose of the book is to show people that if they are one of these unemployed it is not their fault. For one reason or another they became "surplus" employees and although they have everything someone should supposedly have for a good job, they remain jobless. The purpose is to expose what the life of an unemployed person is really like and how hard it can actually be. The audience it is written for is anyone tired of the endless dead ends when it comes to finding a decent job. Sure, there are plenty of minimum wage, no benefit, horrible hours and horrible bosses. But when you have a college degree, good job skills, and an impressive resume you should expect a better job. Today that just isn't the case. Ehrenreich failed at gaining a "good job" and spent over $6,000 dollars and ten months intensively searching for a job and only received two mediocre j...
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...ative at the same time. You can sympathize with the people Ehrenreich meets while looking for a job and you can feel their desperation about not finding one. It was an easy and quick read and the information you gain from reading this book is useful for everyday life and also with your own personal job searches. I felt that I gained a lot of useful information about how to avoid certain employment scams and that it isn't possible to rely on other people to help you find a job. They are only looking out for themselves. This book exposed what it actually takes as far as time and money before any real progress is made. Ehrenreich may have had a unique experience, maybe even more difficult but the point was to show the reader how difficult it was. Finding a good job today is not an easy task.
Ehrenreich, Barbara "Bait And Switch" New York. Holt. 2005
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