son; a waitress, a trash-collector, a stock-broker, banker, real-estate agent...whatever...we all get it from time to time, from people who have no clue what it is we bring to the table.
Such comments are always based on ignorance, prejudice, insecurity, and resentment. They are fighting words and the perpetrator is hoping that you’ll bite. Especially, if they have nothing better to do; if they are unemployed and not focusing on developing their own skills. People without work can often find themselves frustrated, wallowing in self pity, and looking for others to blame. It's a small mind that stereotypes people into a single statement like that - surely a challenge for any diversity class.
Interestingly, times like these bring out the best and the worst in people. You cannot fix him, and it's not your job. You might succeed in changing this person mind about YOU; but if you could, would it be worth it? Instead, be proud of yourself, be grateful, and glad that you’re not bringing a mal-content into your organization.
Looking for people who shine with excitement and anticipate new future and the opportunities your company has to offer; not those who still harbor resentments from the past and will most likely bring those negative attitudes into your work place.
Remember, convincing this person they are wrong about you is not going to make you a better recruiter or a better person. Being ethical, professional, and confident in the value you bring to your employer and the people you interact with is a beautiful thing - it's a blessing.…