Thought Catalog

7 Words To Use In Place Of ‘Unemployed’

  • 0

Being unemployed can be difficult, but admitting to it by labeling yourself as such is nearly as hard. So, the next time a friend, relative or date asks you what you do, here is a helpful reference list of ways to say that you’re unemployed without having to actually say “unemployed”.

1. Recent Graduate

This one is vague enough to cover you for at least the first 6 months after graduation. It indicates that you hold some kind of degree, and now have been launched into the awful abyss of being a 20 something with no job opportunities. It doesn’t require you to elaborate, its all there in the implications.

2. Netflix Expert

Here we have a more honest, and self deprecating answer. This one can be utilized after “Recent Graduate” begins to feel a bit stretched, or in order to horrify your parents and their friends while making yourself relatable to anyone who has ever had the time to hold manic Arrested Development marathons with their cat on a Tuesday.

3. Freelancer

One of my favorites, as it indicates that you work – sort of. So many things can fall under freelance, such as professional freelance work – writing/editing for which you actually receive money – but it can also be stretched to cover that repetitive trend piece you wrote about being a 20 something living at home (that got rejected, obvs), and that one time you “edited” an email your mom wrote.

4. Job Seeker

This phrase makes me cringe, it just reeks with fake professional sugar coating and political correctness. Use it only when trying to avoid admitting that you spend your days sitting at home listening to Grimes and tweaking your cover letter for the thousandth time. Don’t use it in your cover letter. Don’t use it on your resume. Don’t use it at all, really.

5. In between work

Okay, so maybe you’re actually really only in between realizing that you can no longer be a wild and reckless college student and reconciling yourself to finding a 9-5 that leaves little room for see-through clothing and late night Whataburger runs. You’re in-between, thats all that matters.

6. Underemployed

Use this one when you technically have a job, but realize that working at the coffee shop 20 hours a week is not your professional career goal, rather just a reflection that you majored in English. It indicates to whomever you are speaking with that you did not spend four years studying in order to make people lattes, but need to pay the bills somehow.

7. At liberty

This is a great way to simultaneously sound as if you chose to be unemployed, and are experiencing joblessness as an exercise in personal freedom. Example: “I’m at liberty, at the moment,” sounds much more casual and at peace than, “I don’t have a job.” TC mark

Powered by Revcontent

Poetry Lovers! 💖

Love a soft person. The ones who are positive, even in the worst of circumstances. Someone whose strength is not in bravado, but in their quiet. Someone who is strong for others because that is what is needed in that moment. Someone who is the moon that soothes instead of the sun that burns. Someone who sees the very best in people even when you think they aren’t worth it. The kind of person who always wants to do the best for those they love.”

“I bought this on a whim to read as I was resting for the night, and I do not regret it one bit! Everything about the poetry in this book is amazing, heart breaking, and soul searching. It will lift your spirits on your darkest days. I want to thank the author so much for writing this, as it’s something I will be rereading a lot! Always remember, everything about you is important. You matter.” —McKayla

Click to heal your heart

More From Thought Catalog

7 Words To Use In Place Of ‘Unemployed’ is cataloged in , , , , ,
  • http://lisamarieprysock.wordpress.com lisamarieprysock

    This was definitely on point, and I was told the same thing when I first became unemployed…I use freelance writer instead. Thanks for the tips!

  • http://itsyowyow.com/2013/09/15/thought-catalog-roundup-68/ Thought Catalog Roundup | Yow Yow!

    […] 7 Words To Use In Place Of ‘Unemployed’ […]

  • http://setoshino.wordpress.com Setoshino

    Reblogged this on The World Without Us.

blog comments powered by Disqus