What to do when your friend/family member loses a job

Last updated: June 12, 2024
Trending post
Ashley Wilson
Bullet point
Follow
Content Manager at Jobcase
Facebook share linkTwitter share link
Like
Comment
Share
What to do when your friend/family member loses a job
Jump to section

We all know how awful it feels to lose your job and due to COVID, more companies are laying off workers. If it has happened to someone you know, here are some ways that you can support them during this difficult time.

Help them apply for unemployment

The unemployment process can be tricky and frustrating. If you’ve applied and know the process be sure to share your expertise! If you’re unsure how to help check out how to apply for unemployment benefits here in the resource center.

Help update or create their resume

If they haven’t updated their resume in awhile there is no better time! If they don’t have a resume they can make one right here on Jobcase in five minutes or less! Learn how to create a #resume FAST here! Also be sure to check out these resume tips.

Help them smile

Being unemployed can leave someone feeling pretty down. Share a kind word or a funny story with them and most importantly ask how they are doing. They will certainly appreciate you checking up. Be sure to let them know that it’s ok to feel nervous or stressed, but you are there to support them. Share the #motivation topic with them if you are in need of something inspiring and hopeful to read!

Help them explore other passions

You know the saying! When one door closes, another door opens… It may be tough for a loved one to see the silver lining after losing a job, but help them realize that this is an amazing opportunity to explore other passions and interests they may have. Support their creativity and big dreams, this may be the start of a new career path!

Help keep them accountable

If you are comfortable with it, offer to help brainstorm and create a “next steps” plan. Whether the plan includes rebudgeting or job search organization, let them know that they are not alone and you will help them navigate these uncertain waters. While you want to give them space to process the loss, you also want to be an accountability partner for them so that they stay on track. Find the right balance so that you are supporting, not nagging!

How would YOU support a loved one who has lost their job?

14
7 Comments
Like
Comment
Share

Comments

Deloise Matos
Bullet point
Follow

Thank you for the support. I lost my job of 16 years due to restructuring brought about by Covid 19. It is very stressful, but He does not close one door unless He opens another one. I am hopeful that Greater is Coming.

4y
Like
Reply
See all replies
Ford Simpson
Bullet point
Follow
Jack of all trades,.master of none

Your suggestions are spot on as usual. I am going to be a second set of eyes and ears for them. A strength they can lean on and a nice friend if times get hard. Just being there helps more than you think. Thanks for the tips,Ford

4y
Like
Reply
1
See all replies
Elyssa Duncan
Community SpecialistBullet point
Follow
Community Specialist

Great article! It's a tough time for a lot of people right now... but these tips are a wonderful way to help support a loved one in a time of need.

I would play into the "make them smile" by baking their favorite treat :)

4y
Like
Reply
See all replies
Add