In my latest career advice post for Life Reimagined For Work, I share 5 strategies to handle family prying into your career choices and job search status. An excerpt:
It’s fun to reconnect with family and friends over the holidays…except when it isn’t. There is the distant cousin (how is she even related?) who brags about her high-profile clients, business trips and media mentions. There is the stage parent measuring his child’s accomplishments against everyone else’s. Then there is the inquisition – those questions about what you’re working on (or not). If you’re out of work, you may feel uncomfortable or even defensive. Don’t get upset. Instead, try these 5 strategies:
Be grateful for the accountability. Questions about your search force you to assess how things are going and what you are doing about it. Be prepared to talk about one aspect of your search – an industry you’re looking at, a company you’re talking to, one interesting person you’ve met this week. This is something you should be doing anyway – keeping track of how you’re moving forward and announcing and celebrating small steps.
Practice your pitch. You wouldn’t get defensive if someone at an association meeting or conference asked you what you do. You’d introduce yourself with the pitch you’ve prepared, talking about your target industry and role and your related experience. Do the same with your family and friends. People are curious about careers; they’re not just out to get you. Think of holiday parties as an additional time to practice your pitch.
See 3 more strategies at Life Reimagined For Work: When Your Family Pries.
Do you have nagging or nosy family and friends? How do you handle questions about your career?