8 Ways to Help Your Unemployed Friend
Job loss is a stressful, life altering event. Here are eight things you can do to help your unemployed friend.
How to Help Your Friend
Job loss is stressful and often very isolating. You probably know someone who is dealing with unemployment right now: your spouse, a sibling, or friend. He or she can use your help.
Here are eight ways to help your unemployed friend. These tips come from various sources, including my own experience helping my husband through two job losses in one year.
1. Listen to Your Friend
When your friend has lost his job, it can be hard to know what to say. Try to encourage him.
Sometimes, listening is the best encouragement you can give him. Sit with your friend, hear what he has to say, and let him vent his frustrations.
2. Pray for Your Friend
Prayer can lighten the burden of unemployment, even if it cannot immediately lift the load. Pray FOR your friend daily, and pray WITH her if you can. If the two of you cannot pray together in person, it is okay to pray over the phone.
3. Remind Him of His Worth
Although many people are dealing with unemployment, your friend may feel alone, depressed, or rejected.
Remind him that his job loss is not a reflection of his personal worth. It is simply a reflection of the current economic situation.
4. Affirm Her Talents
Affirm your friend. Help her consider all of her options based on her unique gifts, talents, and skills. Encourage her to start a home based business, take part time work, or even pursue a career change.
5. Offer Accountability
It is hard to stay motivated and organized during a job search. Offer to be an accountability partner to your friend. This can help him stay focused as he pursues new job opportunities.
6. Have Fun Together
When you spend time with your friend, limit your discussions about the job search and the economy. Bring up other subjects. Help her relax and have fun.
7. Offer Practical Help
Give your friend some practical help such as food, clothes, or money. Buy him dinner, take him to a ball game, or give him movie tickets. Be thoughtful and prayerful about your assistance, and be discreet.
8. Support Your Friend
Support your friend. Help her to see that things will get better in time. After all, today’s job loss could pave the way for a better, brighter tomorrow.
How have you helped an unemployed friend? If you are unemployed, what kind of help do you need? Leave a comment and join the discussion. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.
© 2014 Annette R. Smith
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