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One of the things that I find disheartening is seeing the faces of individuals that are looking for jobs. Well, here’s how to change the words so that you can find something you really like. Rather than saying, “I’m looking for a job,” here’s what to say instead:

“I’m looking for work.”

That’s it. Change just one word.


Because when you tell someone that you’re looking for a job, you’re telling someone that you are limiting your scope of finding meaningful employment.

So, if I came up to you and said, “I’m looking for a job,” how would you feel about my comment and helping me?

Now, if I came up and said, “I’m looking for work,” now how do you feel about comment and about helping me?

In both cases someone may ask, “What do you do?” But notice when you use the word work the person that needs someone for a short period or project might view you differently.

If you ran your own business, how would you feel about it someone using the word job versus work?

Why change the word from “job” to “work?”

Because you are broadening your horizons by giving others the opportunity to see ALL of you and you seeing ALL of the opportunities that might be available to you, i.e. a free lance job might turn into a part or full time job. Or, you could start your own business. It’s also about keeping your skill set sharp if you are “in between jobs.”

So, stop looking for a job and look for work!!

Update: If you want another viewpoint, see my friend Harry Tucker’s blog post.


Stop looking for a job! — 3 Comments

  1. Good topic. As a lover of words and using language in its intended form (don’t get me started on some of the common mistakes that have somehow become “acceptable”), I like the distinction. Here’s a further thought:

    “Job” suggests a task, whereas “work” suggests an endeavor.

    Once, while visiting the Sistine Chapel, I heard someone say the artist “did a good job.”

  2. Hi Mary,

    Very nice suggestion.

    Interesting perspective even using “job” versus “work” in telling others how they did.

    I talked with a friend yesterday and he reenforced the thinking going into hearing someone say they’re looking for “work” or a “job.”

    Thanks for commenting.


  3. Kevin,

    This is a brilliant post and very true … our word choice impacts how we perceive things and how WE are perceived!

    Thanks also for the kind plug of my blog – it is deeply appreciated. 🙂

    Take care and create a great day!


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