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Survival Mode

Job-seekers are taking "good for now" positions, but is it good enough for those who hire them?

This story appears in the April 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Unfortunately, the economic recovery expected last summer hasn't materialized yet. With bills mounting and few employment opportunities in sight, job-seekers are taking "survival" jobs for which they're overqualified. "Time is their enemy," says Bill Coleman, senior vice president of compensation for in Wellesley, Massachusetts. "Any job is better than nothing for these people."

These workers have one thing in common: They're waiting for the economy to improve so they can get a better job. Hiring survivalists is a big issue for entrepreneurs deluged with resumes from overqualified applicants."People are leaving large companies to go with small and midsized businesses," says Roger Herman, a workplace futurist in Greensboro, North Carolina, and co-author of Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People (Oakhill Press). But how do you work with an employee who sees you as a port in the storm?

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