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Keep Your Answers Short, But Positive

You can craft a short, to-the-point response that will satisfy most family members.

If they continue to probe after your short answer, remain consistent with short, upbeat responses. We often think under these circumstances that we need to get detailed but if you think about many other conversations, especially around Thanksgiving time (with loads of people), they are usually fairly superficial and short.

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Realize They Do It Because They Care

After being asked about your job search efforts for the fifth time, it can be hard to remember that your family is just trying to help.

See the question for what it truly is: care and concern for your well-being.ย  Use it as a chance to practice your elevator speech and enjoy the time w...

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Set Boundaries

The most important thing is to recognize you don't owe an explanation to anyone about how your job search is going.ย 

You can and should set boundaries with your extended family and friends by making clear what you will and won't talk about.

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Move Away From The Subject

Move Away From The Subject

When you're visiting with relatives, there always seems to be that uncomfortable point in the conversation when you're asked about your "situation" with work. Instead of grinding your teeth, politely tell them you appreciate their concern, and tell them you'll let them know when you're situation...

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Make Them Feel Helpful

Your friends and family probably have the best of intentions by asking about your job search, but it can be frustrating when they continue to badger you about your employment prospects. To keep the peace, thank them for checking in with you, but let them know that your job search is proving to be...

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