stop-loss job
n. A job taken only to pay one's expenses and therefore to prevent the continued depletion of one's savings.

Example Citation:
"The reality may be that they might have to take on what we call a 'stop-loss job,'" Lincoln says, referring to a lower-paying position the typical duppie once scoffed at.

"You have to survive before you can expand your horizons," Lincoln says. "(Stop-loss jobs) stop the loss of savings or financial reserves, or at least extend what's there so a person can continue to pay the bills."
—Rene A. Guzman, "Overeducated and underemployed," San Antonio Express-News, July 18, 2003

Earliest Citation:
You got to stem the loss first. And in many cases, you know, checking your pride at the door on a temporary basis, while you look for full-time work, is an OK thing. I mean, you have to do what you have to do and it is what it is. And, you know, it's not easy and it's not simple, and there's no way to sugar-coat it, but my recommendation is, you know, if your resume is intact and you're ready to roll, I mean, I would consider taking a stop-loss job while you sharpen your re-employment toolbox and look for full-time employment opportunities.
—Damian Birkel, "Talk of the Nation," National Public Radio, March 28, 2001

Notes:
In investment circles, a stop loss is an order to sell a security (or whatever) as soon as possible after the price falls below a specified threshold. The idea is to stop further losses by automatically selling once the price gets below a certain point.

Similar to the stop-loss job are the survival job (1980) — a job taken just to make ends meet until something better comes along — and the GOOD job (1995) — a "get out of debt" job.

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