As a rehabilitation counselor, Tim Truzy is an expert in matching people to employment options.
Economic Turmoil and Work
Economic troubles can be cataclysmic. Initially, job duties at work may multiply. Furthermore, a decrease in demand for services and products can force businesses to close. Inevitably, slowdowns lead to a reduction in employees. Coincidentally, The severe health crisis and an economic downturn in the previous year left 14 million Americans unemployed.
These changes can be debilitating for any worker. For instance, a fired laborer may endure psychological issues. Housing and merely affording to eat can be impacted. Along with these struggles, the ability to provide ongoing child care suffers. In short, various crises surface when the economy shudders.
How to Help
As a rehabilitation counselor, I’ve learned resources dwindle during unemployment for my clients. However, a little support from those close to the person frequently made a difference whether maintaining gainful work or after a lay-off. For these reasons, I’ve indicated the main areas in which recent joblessness affects people below with suggestions for helping. In addition, I’ve included information about the sections of the labor market expected to grow over the next twenty years to increase awareness of the availability of options for work in the future.
1. Provide Transportation
Lack of transportation options may hinder job searches. Help with obtaining bus passes or provide rides to interviews, job fairs, and employment agencies. If you loan a vehicle, specify the conditions of the circumstances in a written document both parties sign. Such a step prevents problems from arising down the road.
2. Aid with Food
Without proper nutrition, looking for work becomes almost impossible. Bring meals to the person. Invite the individual to eat, and routinely purchase some groceries to share. Aid with finding food pantries and local assistance programs. Encourage the unemployed person to sign up for state related services. Helping in this way truly indicates your concern.
3. Lend a Hand with Child Care
Parents may have to stop working to support children when child care centers close. Research reveals women can suffer the most during these times. Further studies indicate females may have a difficult time locating comparable employment after the twin catastrophes of the previous year forced them to join the ranks of unemployed workers. Temporarily watching children is often needed while a parent finds a job.
Yet, job duties during economic turmoil can change as well. For example, an employee may have to work remotely from home. Helping with school activities of a young student is another way to demonstrate support. Occasionally, volunteer to assist with cleaning the house as a compassionate gesture. When possible, walk the dog and perform other tasks.
4. Consider helping with housing.
Having suitable shelter emerged as a serious problem with the pandemic and sluggish economy. Evictions and foreclosures surge over the last year. Since applications usually ask about an address, having a place to stay is crucial when job hunting. Frequently, community homeless shelters are filled to capacity. Letting a recently unemployed person rent a room is a way to help. However, prepare an agreement signed by you and the other party regarding acceptable behaviors, pay, and utilities before making such a commitment.
5. Observe Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Being fired because of the economy can devastate individuals in various ways. For example, a person may become depressed. Likewise, people may become angry. For these reasons, listen to what the person says about the previous employer. Notice if strong feelings intensify or decline in your talks. Be aware: News reports are filled with disgruntled employees responding to job loss with drastic behaviors. Observe the following:
- Is the person planning retaliating physically ?
- Are there VERBAL threats of violence against former coworkers?
- Is self-harm at the forefront of the individual’s thinking?
- Are emails exchanged with the business containing strong language?
- Has the person made a plan to move on to a new job?
If serious problems become apparent after discussions with the recently fired individual, decide if authorities need to be notified. Also, advising the unemployed person to talk with professional therapist may be appropriate. In summary, job loss should not place people’s lives in peril because of revenge
6. Expand the Unemployed Person's Network
With permission from the unemployed person, use social media to reach out to contacts. Connect the job seeker with people who may have work available. Introduce the individual to friends and/or relatives who can be of benefit. Current research has shown who you know can be a determining factor in securing work. Be supportive by helping the unemployed person build and enlarge a network.
7. Offer Your Talents and Skills
If you have experience hiring others, put those talents to work with the unemployed individual. Practice interview techniques and give feedback. Discuss proper attire for the potential job. If you have the skills, assist with preparing a resume. During these times, a person with employment insight is critical to finding appropriate work. Short of offering a person a new paid position, these abilities can foster dividends for the job seeker and you.
8. Act as a Reference and Write Recommendations
Letters of recommendations are often pivotal for a new job. If you have work related knowledge of the unemployed person’s skills, write a recommendation. Discuss the person’s qualities and ability to complete a project in the letter. In addition, offer to act as a reliable reference to work experience. Be willing to allow the job seeker to use your name and contact information. A company may wish to reach you for more about the person.
To Stay Competitive in the Job Market: Understand Work Expectations can Change
Flexibility is critical for workers. Primarily, understand job expectations alter. Next, recognize job loss may occur because of circumstances beyond the worker’s control. Basically, a job is composed of essential duties for an organization. In other words, requirements for performing the job may shift.
For example, some restaurants served customers outside as opposed to seating people in the building during the health crisis. The employment expectations of the servers modified as a result of substantial changes. Another instance involves how technology has shifted the way employees work. Nevertheless, opportunities are still available even with job loss. I’ve indicated sections of the economy projected to expand below, according to the U.S. Department of Labor and other sources:
Final Thoughts and a Few Predictions for the Future Job Market
- Remember: Losing a job is painful. A person needs time to grieve and consider the emotional and other aspects of being unemployed. However, one way to deal with these feelings is to keep active, including learning new skills and looking for future employment. Supportive friends and family matter substantially during these times.
- Yet, some trends are apparent for jobs in the future. Primarily, the health care industry and technology sectors of the work force is expected to flourish. In addition, growing municipalities will hire more law enforcement personnel and fire fighters. Public education will require more teachers and clerical support. Finally, jobs in the service and transportation sectors of the job market will be seeing vacancies along with an expansion of positions related to renewable energy.
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