Underemployment remains a common problem today. Even though the most recent recession has technically been over for years, many people still feel the pinch, and the labor market hasn’t really recovered — or maybe it’s changed.
Many people are working as temps or freelancers, part-time instead of full-time, and/or in jobs they would’ve scorned a few years ago.
At the same time, though, there are those who still won’t take jobs they think are “beneath” them. They’re reluctant to take pay cuts, or they won’t work for minimum wage. Additionally, some are concerned that taking a “lesser” job might mean employers won’t hire them for better jobs later. It’s a tough position to be in.
Doing What it Takes for Survival
Of course, there are those who have the luxury of deciding whether or not to take work they feel they’re too good for. In the case of some of the Millennials I know, they simply move back home and let mom and dad take care of them until they can find a job they’re satisfied with.
Others have adequate savings, that, along with unemployment benefits, allow them to take their time with the job hunt. If you have the resources to be choosy about your job, there’s no reason to hurry along. Of course, the longer you’re unemployed, the harder it is to get a job, so be careful you don’t run out of savings before you find the “right” job.
In the end, though, if you need the work to survive, you’re more likely to take anything that’s offered — even if you don’t feel like the job is up to scratch. People have been known to put up with a great deal when survival is on the line.
Saying You Have a Job
Another reason to take any job offered is simple: you want to work. It’s hard to maintain a good outlook on life when you don’t have something meaningful to do. Even though my husband doesn’t have to work for our family to survive, he likes to.
As a result, he’s considering accepting a job that might not be ideal, just so he can say he has a full-time job. He’s been struggling as an adjunct university professor, since the schools he’s worked for so far don’t value his hard work and student-centric focus. So, even though it might mean accepting something less than ideal, he’s willing to go anywhere his efforts to help students advance on their own terms are appreciated.
It’s been interesting to watch as he’s changed what he’s willing to accept as he prioritizes his work requirements.
What about you? What would make you accept any job offered to you?