1. Stop asking them if they have found a job yet. They will tell you when they find one and will hopefully invite you to the party.
2. Don't assume every unemployed person in the country isn't looking for a job or is lazy. Many are hard-working, want to work, and desperately hurting this holiday season.
3. This goes along with number 2. The words, "lazy bum" and "get off your butt and get a job" should be avoided. The majority of these people are hard-working and would BE THRILLED with a job offer. Plus, hurtful words lower the self-esteem, which could prolong the search.
4. Bake a cake or pie for them. Most unemployed can not afford things like cakes and pies on a tight budget.
5. If you can afford it, giving cash is always good. UE doesn't cover the bills in most states.
6. Job leads are GREAT.
7. Offer to put in a good word for him or her for a job opening where you work.
8. Offer assistance with his or her resume. This can increase the job search results.
9. If you can afford it, offer to buy small Christmas gifts for his or her children. I am sure there are many 99ers who can't buy gifts for their children this year.
10. Invite him or her to Thanksgiving at your house. The unemployed can't afford to cook a nice dinner this year. Not to mention pay the utility bills from using the oven that long.
11. Make up a food basket for him or her. When the money is tight, you have to cut everything including the essentials. It's sad.
12. Give him or her a basket of fruit and vegetables. Most unemployed are living off ramen and mac and cheese. They can't afford healthy stuff anymore.
13. If you consider yourself an interview pro, give him or her some help with his or her interviewing skills.
14. Pray for them. I believe that God can work miracles.
15. If you have the means, offer to shelter him or her until they get back on their feet.
16. Treat him or her to coffee at Starbucks. Unemployed folks can't afford this place and it would be nice to have a treat.
17. If you are an employer, don't exclude them as job candidates. You may be excluding the person who is best for the job.
18. Don't assume he or she can work ANY JOB. How many over 55 are still physically able to handle farm work or waitressing? Not many.
19. Help him or her pick out proper interview attire. Sometimes a second opinion helps.
20. Help him or her find help with any medical expenses.