9 of the most annoying things people say when you’re looking for work 2 years ago

9 of the most annoying things people say when you’re looking for work

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Not what you need to hear.


Nobody likes being out of work. Not only do you have to spend all your time looking for work but you also have to put up with well-meaning but annoying questions from your friends, family or complete strangers.

There are just some things that you don’t want to hear when you’re a job seeker. We’ve gathered together some of the most annoying things people say when you’re looking for work.

1. “What do you do yourself?”

What you do doesn’t equate to who you are but it can sometimes feel like it when you’re out of work. This conversational opener suddenly becomes a loaded question when you’re looking for a job.

2. “How is the job hunt going?”


Yeah, it’s just peachy. Who knew that having no money and spending my days reworking my CV would be such a fulfilling experience?

3. “There are loads of jobs out there”

It’s not clear if the people who say this think they’re being encouraging. The chances are that people like this used to pull the wings off insects when they were younger.

4. “Some of us have to get up in the morning”


Heh heh. That’s hilarious. Because you – heh heh – have a job and – heh heh – I don’t. Oh how we laughed.

5. “So what do you do with yourself all day?”


Oh, you know yourself. Try to beat my personal best for keepy uppies. Anyone who asks this question clearly doesn’t know how time consuming it is to look for jobs and to constantly submit job applications.

6. “Maybe you should be less fussy”

The inference is that you’re applying for jobs that you’ve no business applying for. So they’re basically saying you have notions and that it’s your own fault that you can’t find work.


7. “Is this job something you’d be interested in?”

It may come from a good place but how many of us know exactly what our friends or family members are qualified to do? Job suggestions are probably best avoided unless it's something that's an obvious fit for the job hunter.

8. “Are you STILL looking for work?”

Yeah, well, I’m just having so much fun struggling to eke out a living that I thought I’d keep it up for a bit longer.

9. “I’ve never been out of work for more than a week”

That’s nice for you. You’re an inspiration. Really. I want to be just like you when I grow up.

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