The holidays are here, and with all of the pretty lights, festive music, and scrumptious treats comes nosy family members asking about your job search. This is a very sensitive topic for some people, especially if you’re a recent grad or student who hasn’t gotten a job offer yet. But what do you say to people when they ask you about your career status? Here are some tips for responding to “how’s your job search coming?”

Keep your answer short, but positive.

During the holidays, you’re going to have to field a lot of questions about your job search. So, be prepared. Craft a short, positive response that will allow you to address it without encouraging your family to go into “problem-solving” mode. Something as simple as this can work just fine:

“My job search is going great! Thank you for asking. I’m working with Longwood’s career services on my job search strategy and I’m feeling really good about it.”

Focus on what you're excited about.

If they want to learn more, briefly explain what steps you’re taking to land a job, but focus on the stuff that gets you excited. For example, tell people about the companies and opportunities you’re REALLY enthusiastic about, and why. Tell them about that AMAZING informational interview you had last week and what you learned from it. Framing your response this way gives you the opportunity to talk about your job search in a positive light, rather than a negative one.

Remember, they're asking because they care.

It’s easy to get frustrated with Aunt Joan when she’s grilling you about not having a job yet. However, it’s important to remember that she’s just asking because she cares about you and your future. So, be patient and respectful, even if you want to pull your hair out.

If you need more help building your job search strategy, book an appointment with Longwood University Career Services and work with a career coach.

About the Author

Ariella Coombs

Over the last 4 years, Ariella has been creating fun, yet educational blog posts and videos to help professionals build the career lifestyle they want. Her work has been featured in 12+ online publications, including TeenVogue, Business Insider, H&R Block, USA TODAY College, and more. One day, she hopes to host my own TV or web show for career-minded millennials.

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