In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in the midst of an economic slump where it seems like thousands of jobs are being lost every day. Ok, maybe that’s because thousands of jobs are being lost every day. This brings up an issue that more and more of us will be facing in the future: how should you talk to a close friend or relative that loses his job? Career blogger Penelope Trunk suggests the following seven steps:
1. Don’t ask “how’s the job hunt?”
2. Ask about extracurriculars.
3. Ask about health insurance.
4. Talk about industry news.
5. Offer up one good contact.
6. Acknowledge trouble with the significant other.
7. Don’t be shy about gratitude.
Personally, our inclination has always been to ask, “What can I do to help?” Maybe that’s too simple of a response in today’s over-complicated world.
What are your suggestions for being a supporter of a close friend who’s out of work?
How to talk to a friend who’s been laid off [Brazen Careerist]