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Improve your relationship by learning how to be your own marital therapist; it's all in this Howcast video series. Advice includes how to handle your partner's infidelity; how to prevent emotional infidelity; how to heal your relationship after you or your partner has cheated; how to save a sexless marriage; how to argue with your partner productively; and much more.
You Will Need
- Networking skills
- Professional associations
- A job seekers group
- Temp work
Decide if you need to get tough
Decide if you need to get tough. It’s normal for you to feel resentment, especially if they have been out of work for a while. The trick is to determine if you’re angry at the situation, or if you are justifiably annoyed because they are not doing enough to find a job. If it’s the latter, let them know it’s time to step up their game.
Identify the problem
If your spouse is not getting many interviews, take a look at their resume. You may be able to beef it up by identifying strengths and skills they don’t know they have. If they are getting plenty of interviews but no job offers, stage some mock interviews with them to see if you can pinpoint what they’re doing wrong in the hot seat.
Help them network
Encourage them to call anybody and everybody they can think of who might have a job lead, and you do the same with your network of friends, family, and business associates.
Encourage them to join groups
Urge them to join professional associations and to find a job seekers group through your house of worship or community center. Besides widening their list of contacts, it will help combat the isolation that many unemployed workers feel.
Consider temp work
Suggest they take on some temp work. It’s a good way to stay busy, earn some money, make new contacts, and perhaps even land a full-time gig. Plus, it will take some pressure off your relationship if they’re once again contributing to the family coffers.
Be patient. It takes about six months to find a new job, so try not to get discouraged if the search at times seems fruitless.