Job-hunting for my brother
September 16, 2012 11:17 AM Subscribe
How can I help my unemployed brother find work?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total)
My brother has been unemployed for 9 months after being laid off the beginning of the year. He has a stable work history and good professional references. He has 10+ years experience in his field (admin). I'm visiting him next week for his birthday and I really want to help him in any way I can. I am just a bit hesitant in how I approach this because he is 36, I am 24, and even though we have a good relationship, he is on the touchy side. A few months ago I even tried sending applications for him behind his back. He is living off unemployment and savings. He's doing his best in looking for work and has some interviews lined up. I just really feel sorry for him that he has been jobless for so long and the prospects are really bleak. He has depressive tendencies so I know they're exacerbated by his unstructured free time, although I can't confirm this, maybe it's just me being overly concerned. I regularly reach out to him and give him my moral support and encouragement (without being annoying of course) but I'm wondering if there is something more concrete that I can do for him.