An All-Weather Friend Booklet
By Mary McDaniel Cail
Truewind Press ©2015
What you'll learn:
Everyone knows unemployment is a difficult situation, especially when it drags on for months, even years. Do you know how to help a friend navigate through this stressful time of life—What to say, what to do? This short booklet (with more than 50 strategies) suggests practical ways to:
- Support your friend's job search
- Minimize the expense of socializing: Organize friends in ways that are free (or low cost) and fun.
- Help your friend cope with the uncertainty and worry.
- Encourage without criticizing.
With strategies, suggestions and conversation guides, Between Jobs: Ten Ways to Help a Friend Who's Unemployed outlines how to make the crisis more bearable. You can help in practical ways—without hurting a friend's pride. But even more important, you can show real understanding when your friend feels discouraged. Joblessness won't last. Gratefulness for your comfort and compassion will.
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"Between Jobs clearly outlines effective strategies for helping people cope with the devastating financial and emotional consequences of unemployment. I recommend this book for friends and family members of people struggling to recover from the shock of job loss."
—Carl E. Van Horn, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University
"Optimistically, unemployment can serve as a springboard to a better opportunity. But for most, it's a time of worry and financial stress. Few of us are prepared for its effects on our friendships and relationships. Between Jobs is packed with tips, strategies and practical ways friends can be an anchor of support through this particular storm. Quickly readable, usable and encouraging."
—Molly Mahoney Matthews, founder and CEO of the Starfish Group and Job-IQ Inc., founder of Matthews Media Group, recognized by PR Week as one of the top public relations firms in the United States.