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It is difficult to recommend that someone just sit at home instead of working, and you're correct: many employers are prejudiced against the unemployed, which means it's _usually_ better to be working if you want to find a new job. However with the economic downturn, of course some people will have to step down a rung or two in order to find work. The important thing is to keep up with your reading and try to make something meaningful out of your work. I'm not sure that a CEO would ever take a job as a Wal-Mart greeter, but should you find yourself in such a situation, make the most of it and when interviewing, focus on the valuable skills you brought to that previous job. Some folks might be tempted to lie on their resume, but you should probably avoid doing so because eventually the truth will come out.