You’re on the job market, and the holidays are coming. You know what this means: an endless parade of friends and relatives asking for updates. Your catty uncle, kooky aunt, competitive cousin, and ex-girlfriend’s BFF will all sidle up to you at some point and offer some variation of the same annoying question. “How’s the job search?”, “What are you doing for work these days?”, “Do you want my advice? I’ll give it to you anyway…” and so on. But before you close down and protect your ego by pushing your closest friends and family out of your business, think twice. Walking away will prevent an uncomfortable two-minute conversation, for sure. And you might enjoy those two minutes more if you scuttle off and refresh your drink. But instead, consider a fearless approach that requires absolute confidence in who you are and what you’re doing at this point in your life. Keep these considerations in mind, and you may just find that you’ve opened a door to an opportunity you never imagined existed.