When You Lose Family Income
Prioritize Your Expenses and Cut Back Wherever You Can: Food and housing are necessities but are there other non-necessities like cable, internet, cell phone expenses that you can be cut back on?
Develop a Game Plan: Explore career and job options and how to work toward achieving them. Update your resume, request informational interviews and network. Keep an open mind and your salary flexible.
Network: Most jobs are found through people we know. Let others know you’re looking for a job. Attend more professional/organizational meetings related to your skills.
Use Your Supports: During this time you may realize who your true supports are. Your supports may be able to help financially with your family’s needs or by listening. Expect that there will be some friends/family who you may have expected to be there for you, but are not supportive. Try not to get upset or angry, and be grateful for those who are supportive.
State/Community Sponsored Resources: State and community programs were developed to help families when income is lost. In addition to unemployment benefits, consider access to food stamps and food pantries. Local churches and community organizations may also have food or monetary assistance.
We’re On the Same Team: It’s never good to get into the blame game. If a spouse or partner has lost a job, he or she is most likely blaming him/herself; try not to go there yourself.
Never Give Up: No matter how great your challenge is, it’s a temporary situation.
For more information or to discuss financial concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 12/15/2008