Killer question, that. "How’s that been working for you?"
When you're talking to someone who searches the big job boards only, and ignores networking opportunities, ask: "How’s that been working for you?"
When you're with someone who complains endlessly about the job market and the economy, ask: "How’s that been working for you?"
When you hear someone say that they are sending out hundreds of resumes without first taking the time to do a minimum amount of company research so they can tailor their resume to the opening, ask: "How’s that been working for you?"
When you hear someone who job hunts by going to the top three or four sources of job postings, instead of finding new jobs via job search engines like JobDig's LinkUp.com, ask: "How’s that been working for you?"
When you hear anyone expound on how their approach is the right one, how their approach is obviously the best and that your suggestions are senseless or ineffective, yet there they are, having coffee with you yet again, complaining that no one is hiring, that no one responds to their template cover letter and resume ("what is wrong with all these HR people out who won’t even give them the polite “thanks-but-no-thanks,” informational interview?") that it is all "them" and not "me," that moment is the best time ever to simply ask:
"How’s that been working for you?"
G.L. Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor/operator/incubator/mentor. Two of his companies have traveled the entire success path from the garage to IPO. Currently, he is chairman of JobDig, and his blog can be found at WhatWouldDadSay.com or at JobDig.com.