So, you’re unemployed. How do you address that fact when you’re out and about – like at parties, or on a date? Here are some tips for answering questions about unemployment, from career coach Marie McIntyre:
Like, when you meet someone new, and they ask: “So, what do you do?” Our expert says it’s absolutely okay to deflect the question, and say something like: “That’s not the happiest topic right now. Let’s talk about something else.” Or just smile and change the subject, by saying: “So, have you seen the movie ‘Lincoln’?”
Next, what if someone asks: “You’ve been out of work for a while, haven’t you? What’s going on?” McIntyre says whatever you do, avoid complaining about your job search because you never know who might be able to help you find a job. And you don’t want a potential job lead to walk away with a bad impression of you. So, when someone asks about your job hunt, say: “It’s gone on longer than I’d like, but I’ve had some good interviews and I’m optimistic. And in the meantime, I’ve been doing some volunteer work”.
And what if someone says something really inappropriate, like “I hope that’s not the suit you wear to interviews. No wonder you’re unemployed!” Just deflect the comment with: “You know, those appetizers over there look great. I’m going to get something to eat. Nice to see you”.