To some it means working a part-time job when they’d prefer to be full-time or being an “involuntary part-time worker.” Taking a job where you are overqualified and underpaid is also considered underemployed – although sometimes a necessary step.
In the current economic state job seekers might feel that being underemployed and underutilized is an I’ll-deal-with-it-because-I-need-a-job situation.
And while this may be the case experts say there is no reason why you should settle for anything less than what you’re worth right off the bat.
“Determining your individual value is part art, part science,” says “Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute” author Jack Chapman.
To learn more, read Chapman's article on Recessionary Salary Questions to assess your salary worth.