No one has said anything like this to me, not lately with my current joblessness, and not ever. Hurray! With my newfound and awesome confidence, I will now immediately commence finding a job.
If you don’t read Ask a Manager, you really should–even if you’re unemployed and planning to stay that way. She gives excellent advice. After reading her entries I sense that my ability to be straightforward and assertive has increased tenfold through sheer digital-visual osmosis.