There was a time when people who lost jobs, at least in the white-collar world, were told not to work at anything “lower status” while waiting for the next professional opportunity, lest it hurt their career. The idea seemed to be that if you settled for something too “low,” you’d never be taken seriously again.
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Amy Lindgren owns Prototype Career Service, a career consulting firm in St. Paul, Minn. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 626 Armstrong Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102.