I’m going to throw this one out to readers to answer. A reader writes:
Your recent article about “8 ways to help a job-seeking friend or relative” sparked some thought, and I wanted to ask you this: Any advice on how to encourage someone who is unemployed to begin their job search?
My roommate quit her job in December with nothing else lined up. I agreed with the decision at the time (the job was a horrible fit and the stress of it was making her physically ill) but it has been almost a month now and she has showed zero inclination towards looking for another job. She’s basically fallen into depression and (as far as I can tell) does pretty much nothing all day. On top of this, she has no idea what field she wants to go into now, other than not the same as her last field.
She’s got enough to live on for a couple of months, but it might take far longer than that for her to find a job. I’d like to encourage her in a caring, respectful way, but frankly I’m getting a little worried about whether she’ll be able to make her half of the rent, and I think my frustration with her is showing through. Is there any way I can help her come out of her funk and start actively job searching, or should I just butt out?
Readers, what do you think?