Should I Stay Underemployed for At Least a Year So I Don’t Damage My Resume? |

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EP 1299 The details are sad. The answer isn’t.

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Someone wrote to me with the question. "Should I stay in a job where I am underemployed for at least a year if I don't want to damage my resume?"

Here's the extra detail – – "I am 40 and I am earning $14 an hour in a job as a social media manager for a small company on Long Island. I'm being told I need to stay in his job for at least a year before I start looking for a better job. The position is an unchallenging dead-end with no advancement opportunities. Why should I stay?"

The simple answer is that there is no reason that you should stay. The "however" is I'm wondering whether you have the actual skills and experience yet to command more money. After all, why didn't you get a job paying more than $14 an hour if you have those skills and experiences?

Through question becomes how can you get them? If it is not at your current job, where can you get them? What training can you get? What can you do on the side to beef up your capabilities? To me, it's not about staying there for a year. That's the kind of crap that agencies tell job hunters that no longer applies.

What really matters is why was it necessary to take a $14 an hour job doing this at a firm with a dead-end? Why were you unable to get something better?

Usually, there are 2 reasons. One reason is lack of skills. The 2nd reason is lack of job search skills. That is what it is about. You can visit the site and get a sense of how I help people. There, you can get one-on-one coaching so that you're not just simply learning through trial and error and getting stuck. At least, the job-search side of this can be handled.

I can't help you become excellent at what you will careers. I can help you with your job search.

Again, there's no reason to stay. However, there may be reasons why you got stuck in this role then makes sense to look at. There are things that you can do to correct them. To me, it is not about the company; is really about you at this point. There are things you can do to get stronger, both in terms of your career and in terms of your job search skills.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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