If your spouse got fired and you need tips to help them get back out into the workforce, you are not alone. High unemployment rates in all regions have affected many households, including those that include spouses that both work. Losing a job is devastating enough without the added pressure of trying to support an entire household financially, so it's important that the spouse who has been let go from a job gets back out there as soon as possible to find another job with the encouragement of their partner. Here are some tips for helping your spouse get back out there into the workforce.
Evaluate Your Financial Picture
The first and most important thing that any couple can do when faced with a job loss is to sit down together and carefully evaluate the household finances. Money problems are a leading cause or marital strife in households and this is put to the test when one spouse gets fired from a job. Having a clear picture of financial resources available will alleviate much of this stress and put both partners in the driver's seat so that both have an equal say. It's vital that both partners continue to work together as far as handling the finances so that no resentment forms during this difficult time.
Plan to Start Looking for Work
Looking for a new job should be approached as if it is a full time career. The spouse that has just lost their job has a lot of work to do over the coming weeks, including searching for new assignments, applying for unemployment benefits and handling pos-work responsibilities. As a couple, come up with a daily plan for how the job search will begin with expectations clearly stated in advance. While the unemployed spouse may feel the temptation to wallow in self pity, it's important to get focused on the work at hand and get right back out there to find a new opportunity.
Get Involved with Social Groups
A great way for a spouse to support their partner following a job loss is to get involved with social and community groups. This allows both partners to have some time to enjoy getting to know others, expand their social network to put them in the right place and time to find a new job and form new friendships. Both partners need the encouragement and support of a close network of friends and others who can offer advice during this difficult transition.
Be Your Spouse's Job Partner
When one partner loses their job, it can put additional strain on the household and marriage. It's important to think of yourself as your spouse's job partner and lift up his or her spirits as much as possible during the long days ahead. Try to think of all the things you can do to help your spouse find a job, including sending out their resume to potential job opportunities, proofreading resumes and cover letters as well as being a sounding board as they practice interviewing skills or express their frustrations. Keep this partner mentality present and the job search will be less stressful for both of you which will lead to a happier outcome for all.
Tess C Taylor