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Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who Was Just Laid Off

Source: foxbusiness.com Author: Kathryn Elizabeth Tuggle READ FULL ARTICLE AT foxbusiness.com

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1.) Badmouthing the Company or Boss
What not to say: “You’re better off not working for them.”
What to say instead: “You did some great things at your previous job, and you’ll be able to do that in your next position.”

2.) Offering Unrealistic Expectations
What not to say: “Don’t worry, you’ll have a new job in no time.”
What to say instead: “Even though it may not seem like it now, there are jobs to be had.”

3.) Questioning What Went Wrong
What not to say: “What did you do that made them fire you?”
What to say instead: “Are you alright? Is there anything I can do to help?"

4.) Offering Instructions on How to Act or What to Do
What not to say: “You should put on a happy face and start applying for jobs now.”
What to say instead: “I know a few people in your situation who had luck tapping into their network of contacts.”

5.) Joking About the Situation
What not to say: “Hey, at least you get to draw unemployment now!”
What to say instead: “Have you talked about what all your rights and benefits may be while you’re going through your transition period?"...

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Jan 31 2012 submitted by Victor Bennett

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