5 Ways to Help a Friend Who Has Recently Been Laid Off

Do you have a friend or family member who’s recently lost their job? If so, we have a list of things that might lift their spirits and help them find a new job as soon as possible. If you’re feeling a little helpless, here are 5 ways you can help.

Create a self-care package

Your friend or family member is going through a hard time, so why not give a gift that helps them rest and unwind? Candles, self-motivation books, bath salts, a favorite beverage (tea, coffee, wine!), or even a gift card to their favorite restaurant(s) might be just the thing that will give them the lift they need.

Offer to introduce them to three people in your network

Networking statistics say upwards of 85% of jobs are found via one’s network. Use your network to help your community. You might know the perfect employer who’s looking for the perfect employee. Introduce them to your friend.

Write a testimonial if they are past work colleagues

Take some time to write up a testimonial or recommendation on LinkedIn about your former colleague. It only takes a few minutes, and it might mean the difference between their employment and unemployment. 

Gift them a resume package or career coaching services

Help your friend put their best foot forward by gifting them a resume package or career coaching services. Maybe it’s time they explore a new career or give their resume a much-needed facelift to activate their career dreams. 

Be a safe space for them to talk about what they are going through and a sounding board

Above all, be the friend who listens. Hear their concerns and help them through their hard time by being a shoulder they can lean on. More than anything else, being there for them quite often means the world, and making yourself available for them is the most valuable thing you can do to feed their soul.

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