Surviving an Economic Downturn

Unemployment, Laid Off, Finding a Job, Fear, Uncertainty, Interviewing, Job Loss, Financial Planning, Oilfield, Energy

They Might Be Thinking:

  • Should I give up on a career in energy markets/oilfield services or my chosen field of practice?
  • I wish I would have been more conservative with my finances when times were good.
  • I am having a hard time making ends meet. I have exhausted my savings and IRA.
  • This downturn seems worse than the '80s.
  • I feel like I have let my family down. I need to figure something out quickly.
  • I wish I had more control of the situation, but I do not know what to do.
  • I am not sure how I will pay my mortgage or car note next month. Things are getting tight.
  • I am not sure what to do with my free time. I don't want to do something I regret.

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • We will get through this together. I know how hard this downturn has been on everyone.
  • Are there any companies or industries that I can offer my network to find job opportunities?
  • Stay positive! You just need to find one good opportunity.
  • Keep up your routines. It will help you maintain your focus.
  • Make good use of the time off.
  • You are not alone. A lot of people are going through this right now.
  • Can you send me your resume?
  • What are your top three areas of interest?
  • What type of positions are you interested in pursuing right now?
  • Is there a company I can help you get in to see?
  • I know you can get through this. You always find a way through.

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • Everything happens for a reason. It will all make sense down the road.
  • What are you doing right now for money?
  • How long have you been looking for a new job?
  • How will you explain the gaps in your employment history?
  • You poor thing, I am so glad I got out of that industry.
  • Have any of your friends found jobs at other companies?
  • Do you think you have a case for discrimination?
  • Can you get help from your family? Have they offered support?
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