How to Help

How to help a friend who lost their job

With so many people losing their jobs because of the pandemic, it’s a good idea to think about what you’d do if someone you know becomes unemployed. Here are some things to consider.

Give Generously (But Thoughtfully)

You might be tempted to give the person some type of monetary aid, but you should first find out if they want it. If they don’t bring it up, they might not be comfortable with taking money. If you know that they’re struggling, and they don’t want money, you could send a gift card instead. It’s a little helper that doesn’t carry as much weight as giving someone money.

Connect If You Can

If you have contacts in your friend’s field, offer to share their resume or even connect them via Zoom or email. As The New York Times notes, every connection helps, especially during a pandemic.

Make Them Laugh

Losing a job is never a good time, so why not take your friend out for some fun? Have a picnic in a park. Sit on your porch for some drinks. Getting them to laugh is a good way to reduce some of the stress in their life.

Get Creative

Maybe the person you know who is unemployed doesn’t want money and you don’t really have any connections to share. It’s time to get creative. If they have kids, offer to take them for an afternoon adventure. If their computer had to be returned to their work, offer to lend them your old laptop. There are lots of ways to help, even if the most obvious ways don’t seem like the right way to go.

Chris O'Shea

Chris O'Shea