Today, in talking to my old boss and telling him that I will be done volunteering with the organization the first week of August, I said that I would be looking to move to a full time job once I come back from vacation in August.
To which he said, “where will that be?”
As if I had any clue, or had gotten some kind of offer. As if it was his business where I was applying. Which I can see that he thinks that it is, but I don’t tell people where I apply, or where I want to work. It’s my life, and I’m through discussing my job search with people, even the people who will be acting as my references. I don’t need judgment, I don’t need advice, I don’t even need encouragement. The only person who gets to care where I work is my husband, and that is within the reasonable limits.
So how do I answer this question? Is a quick, “I’m done discussing my job search” too harsh? I think so. I hemmed and hawed and said I was looking. It’s a perfectly innocent question, but I’m touchy, and I’d like to nip the conversation in the bud rather than getting into anything too involved.