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.

Your unemployed friend can use your help.
Your unemployed friend can use your help. | Source

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.

Help your friend to relax and have fun.
Help your friend to relax and have fun. | Source

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.

Your Turn

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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denise.w.anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

These are great suggestions! People who are unemployed often feel that they are worthless. Our natural instinct is to give them suggestions of where they can find a job. This isn't really what they need. Rather, we can build them up and help them have the confidence that they need to go out and find one themselves.


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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Thank you, Denise. You are so right! My husband lost two jobs in one year due to company layoffs during the Great Recession. He had the resume writing/job search/interview skills down to a tee. What he needed most was prayer, encouragement, and support.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

This is such a wonderful post. I know how important it is to stand by those who are facing the woes of unemployment. So many of our friends are in this situation. God bless you for writing this useful article.


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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Thank you, Dianna. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. May your week be beautiful and blessed!


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frozenink 17 months ago

I think this is really a nice Hub. I would definitely want a friend to be there for me when I'm unemployed, especially from a job I love. Offering a listening ear and comforting words can really help a lot.


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Annette R. Smith 17 months ago from Orlando, Florida Author

Hello, frozenink. While I continue to write online as an independent contractor, I'm also looking for regular, full- or part-time work in my city. My job search hasn't been easy, and encouraging words from family and friends help a lot. Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

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