The job hunt sucks. I know it. You know it. But what I find to be almost worse is our friends, family, significant others who are employed and, while they mean well, make the pressure just a little bit worse with their “nice” but inquisitive comments.
For example, “So, what’s new?” aka “Found a job yet?” or the one I love, “So, what are you thinking you’re going to do?” Right. Like I know what I’m going to do. I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do all day, every day. If I had a plan, I would have started the conversation with: “So, I have a plan.”
My friends have heard other terrible comments too like, “Maybe you’re just not trying hard enough” or “Maybe you should consider taking something a little below what you’re qualified for.” Oh, of course, why didn’t I think of taking something lower? I’ll just take my pick of lower level jobs from the stack of options I have sitting right here. Seriously – that comment is so unhelpful.
I know the focus of this blog is to be positive. But, sometimes you just need to acknowledge just how terrible the situation is for a minute. So, take a minute, but only one minute, and then get back at it. I know it sucks.