When Your Job is a Joke: 5 Ways to Combat Underemployment

June 22, 2012  |  

Are you underemployed? If so, you’re not alone.

Recently, the Associated Press reported “1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed”.

According to the AP:

“Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that’s confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans…About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years.”

Most would agree being underemployed is better than being jobless, but that doesn’t mean individuals who are underemployed have it easy.

While looking for the job we want, some of us have realized it is necessary to take any job we can get as long as it stops the slow drain of available funds in our checking accounts. However, underemployment doesn’t have to be a permanent situation. The following slides will show you five ways to combat being underemployed.

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