With the unemployment rate in Calgary hovering around 8.5%, lots of people are looking for work, including myself and my husband. This is not a place either of us, at this time in our lives (we are in our 50’s) would have ever thought we’d find ourselves.
What’s said and done by family and friends, while well-meaning, are often less than helpful. Advice-giving, sending public job postings from various job search websites, not taking the time to really understand what type of job the person is looking for, or even what they do for a living, and saying things like “I don’t understand why he / she can’t find a job”, are all examples of things that don’t help.
Here are five things that might:
- Take the person who’s been laid off out for coffee. This is likely a treat they have cut back on to save money. Being at home and unemployed is isolating.
- Ask the person exactly what they do for a living, what type of job they are looking for, and keep your ear to the ground for upcoming opportunities in your company – or other companies and people you are connected with – before they are published on Workopolis, Indeed, or other job search websites.
- Give them a gift card for a movie or a restaurant. Again, this is something that the one who’s laid off hasn’t been doing to save money.
- Think of any projects you have on the go at your home that you could hire your friend or family member to help with such as lawn care, snow removal, renovations, etc.
- Now that summer is here and the kids are out of school, child care to attend interviews, networking events, job fairs, etc. could be difficult to obtain and / or costly. If able to, offer to provide child care gratis so those seeking employment can attend important events.
I daresay any of the items on this list would make a real difference to your laid off friend or family member. I know they would to us.