Take a look at some comments that may irk you, and learn how to spin them into some positive vibes for your job hunt…
“I heard so-and-so had companies offering him jobs left and right.”
Way to rub it in, right? While people with an elite skill set or tons of relevant job experience are sometime sought out by recruiters, that’s not a common occurrence for the majority of job seekers. Being compared to those who’ve found career success can feel pretty crummy.
A better spin: Don’t take that comment as a dig, but instead, think about what Mr. So-and-So was able to offer employers that you might not be highlighting. In fact, if you’re friends with people who are working in your intended industry, ask them out for coffee to learn more about the hiring landscape, and how to make a good impression.
“I told you not to major in ______!”
Liberal arts majors especially can attest to hearing this one. While there is something to be said about choosing a “practical” major that focuses on career skills versus one that’s centered on humanities or social sciences, just having a degree shows that you can think critically and solve problems. Those soft skills are in great demand in all types of jobs, and oftentimes, hiring managers are desperate to find candidates that communicate well.
A better spin: Do some soul searching. If there are skills that can help boost your marketability, take a class or do some self-learning while you’re out of work. Also, when looking for a job, think about how the skills you learned can translate into different industries so that you’re not limiting your job search. Lastly, make sure to play up your accomplishments on your resume and your interviews so that potential employers know what an asset you are beyond just what your diploma says.
“You can always go beg for your old job back if you get desperate.”
This sort of statement indicates that your unemployment must be your own fault, whether you screwed up at your last gig and were let go, or used poor judgment and left. Either way, it can sting to have someone imply that no other employer will want you.
A better spin: While going back to your old job might be the last thing you’d ever do, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t reconnect with former colleagues that might be able to help with your job search. Oftentimes, referrals or job leads come from people who enjoyed working with you, regardless of what other circumstances led you to leave.
Job searching can be a challenge to say the least, which is why you might be extra sensitive to others who try to chime in about your situation. By assuming that everyone has your best interest at heart, and finding the underlying message hidden in their comment, you can transform negativity into job search power.
If you’re a job seeker, tells us what annoying things people have said to you….