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While unemployment, especially among recent grads, is a huge economic and social problem in these United States, there aren't that many articles out there advising young professionals who do have jobs, but are chronically underemployed. In some ways, underemployment can be more disheartening than not having a job altogether.
You may wonder, "Why did I even get a college degree if I'm working a job that only requires high school skills?" It's a good question, and a tough one to answer. The following are a few tips for dealing with underemployment and working toward something better.
Even if these jobs say they require more experience than you currently have, there's no harm in trying. I eventually got an interview for a job whose advertisement required 3-5 years of experience. I only had one year of experience, but I sold myself as best as I could.
Contact them and talk to them. You'd be surprised by how open and supportive many successful professionals can be. For more advice on finding mentors, check out this About.com article.