A User’s Guide to Helping the Unemployed…

Posted: August 21, 2013 in career
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Many of us are nearby, if not related to, people that I prefer to term as “Free Agents.” That is, for one reason or another, they find themselves unemployed. In conversation with a client recently I realized that we seldom think about how we can assist them in their employment search. After all, if  you can’t provide them with a job lead or a killer networking contact, you can’t help them, right?


Here are some practical tips for being there . . .

  • Keep them in your social circle. Unemployment is not communicable and we all need interaction with others.
  • Ask for a copy of their resume. Look it over, learn more about them and what they have done. If you have good advice on how it’s written or how to use it, tell them.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open for any opportunity that may interest them, whether it’s an article in the Business Section of the paper, a sign in the lawn in front of a company or a blog you just read.
  • Provide a sympathetic and non-judgmental ear. Job search is tough sledding. They may just need a sounding board at times, not advice.
  • Maintain regular contact and follow up in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Never ask them, “Did you find work yet?”

Finally, be a friend. They need one now, more than ever!

  1. Crail says:

    Ones being part of “Team Gainfully Unemployed” is as I would say….not contagious to those non-members. Amazingly, those who have never been part of “TGU” haven’t a clue and should take heed to your well stated recommendations. When the situation is reversed….TGU will extend profitable suggestions and never ever state….I told you so!

    Barry “Bow Tie” Davis, I have been graced by your friendship and truly enjoy your “breath of fresh air” perspective. How ever it is that I can help, I know I’ll hear from you.

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