Pursuit Of The American Dream

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The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Many human resource departments do not acknowledge resumes anymore. In fact, many of the companies offer survival jobs instead of the jobs applicants actually apply to, therefore causing downsizing. I know many may think what is a survival job? A survival job is any job an applicant can obtain in order to put food on their tables. Housekeeping, taxi driving or car detailing, to name a few, are survival jobs that offer minimum wage or tips and no source of benefits.
In They Say I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Barbara Ehrenreich author of “The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream" claims that:
Stories of white-collar downward mobility cannot be brushed off as easily as accounts of blue-collar economic woes, which the hard-hearted traditionally blame on “bad choices”: failing to get a college degree, for example, failing to postpone child-bearing until acquiring a nest egg, or failing to choose affluent parents in the first place. But distressed white-collar people cannot be accused of fecklessness of any kind; they are the ones who “did everything right.”(261)
Ehrenreich makes a great point in saying that although many white-collared employees are looked upon as the so called “over achievers” in the corporate world, there is no need to pity the blue-collared employees for not obtaining the same status.
Middle class employees are just as important as the C.E.Os. that own the company. They are the people who do the…
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