How to cope with job loss during the pandemic
We need community now more than ever
Circles are small groups of women who come together for real talk and peer support. Right now, Circles are meeting virtually and helping each other through the pandemic. We’re a global community and we’re continuing to lean on each other.
Resources to help you get through this
Millions of people around the world have lost their job during the pandemic—and vulnerable groups are the hardest hit. Women, especially women of color, were already facing an uneven playing field in the workplace, and are now being laid off and furloughed at higher rates than men.
For women who are single mothers, lower-income, or small business owners, losing your job or your income can be particularly devastating. Plus, the career and financial consequences are more severe and long-lasting for women than men.
Research shows that building resilience can help mitigate the mental anguish that can come with job loss. Here are some practical resources to help you find strength, stay positive, and prepare for job hunting virtually during this challenging time.
If you’re covering this topic in your virtual Circle this month, read one or more of the pieces below, then discuss as a group using our suggested questions at the end.
Discussion questions for virtual Circles
These questions are designed to help you and your Circle members connect over common challenges, share your best strategies to overcome them, and workshop solutions together.
Pick one question to start with and move on to the other questions if you have time.
Understanding the impact
- What is one thing you’ve learned about how different groups of women are affected by job loss and financial insecurity during the pandemic? What does this reveal about the power and inequality present before the pandemic?
Building resilience after job loss
- What new coping mechanisms do you want to try going forward?
Navigating the job market
- This is a challenging time for job hunters. What new strategies for expanding your job search will you try?