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10 Worst Things to Say to Someone Who Just Got Laid Off

Alice Handley and Tania Khadder | HRPeople

September 08, 2009

8. " I can get you a new job!" [and the job is totally inappropriate]

While the sentiment is appreciated, you’re presuming that the person you’re talking to is totally desperate for a job. A former Director of Marketing probably isn’t interested in waiting tables, and a pastry chef probably wouldn’t want to apply for a job in the Human Resources department.

While it’s definitely good to keep an eye out for your friends, don’t assume they’ll do just anything for a living. If you want to help, make sure you’re aware of what your friend wants before you start reaching out to contacts.

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