Just out of library processing is Barbara Ehrenreich's newest book, Bait and Switch: the (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. Her first book, Nickel and Dimed, chronicling her undercover investigation of the bleak world of minimum-wage America, is a modern classic and seldom sits on the shelf for long.
Bait and Switch tackles the issue of white-collar employment, with Ehrenreich delving into the job-transition industry. The latest edition of Powells' newsletter interviews her about the new book, describing it as a plunge "into an eerie no-man's land filled with unscrupulous (and ultimately unhelpful) job coaches, boot camps, and networking prayer breakfasts".
When you've gone months without finding a job, you start to think, all the time, what's wrong with me? Is it something about my résumé, or is it the impression I make on people, how can I pump that up? So it was in that frame of mind that I went for an image makeover. I didn't even know that there was such a thing, but when you're job-hunting, you're always online, you're always Googling around. I came across this image consultant, and said, well, okay, I'll shell out two hundred and fifty dollars and turn myself into a corporate type.