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Audrey LeGrand is worried less about the unemployed than she is about the underemployed.After all, underemployment – people who are unemployed, or who have a job but still cannot make ends meet – affects nearly twice as many Americans as unemployment. Worse still, underemployment rate for Americans has leapt from just under 10 percent in 2007 to nearly 18 percent in 2010.LeGrand, author of How To Get Out of Job Jail: Eight Ways to Have the Career You’ve Always Wanted, believes that you need to make sure doesn’t get you into underemployment, or what she calls “Job Jail”.“Your resume could be landing in the recycle bin across corporate America because it was not thought out, laid-out, or carried out correctly,” she said. “Job Jail is a particularly sneaky trap, because many of us land in it without ever realizing it. Whether our hours have been shaved from full time to part time, or we’ve struggled just to get two low-paying jobs to replace the one higher-paying job we once had, it can be almost impossible to escape once you’ve been locked in that cell. The first thing we should all do in the new year is to take a new look at our resumes, because they represent the first time a potential employer considers us for a new job.”
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