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I Blew the 1st Impression, Can I Try Again?

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Dear Experts,

I really blew it. I was at an event last night that my friends’ company was hosting. I went up to a group of people she was talking to and she introduced everyone by their first name, but didn’t mention their companies.

We started talking about the economy and someone asked what I did. I just got laid off last month, so I went on to share how I had applied to tons of jobs recently, but hadn’t heard a thing. I have to admit, I had a bit of an attitude when I said it.

Afterward, I spoke with my friend and found out one of the guys in the group we were chatting with worked for one of the company’s I applied to. What should I do? Do you think I can contact him? We didn’t really talk much and now I’m worried he might think I’m ‘damaged goods’ because I sounded so desperate about the job search.

Suggestions? Should I just write it off, or is there a way to make his 2nd impression of me better than the 1st?

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