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The Job Search Checklist by Damian Birkel

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Secondhand Job Loss

Job loss shakes you to the very core of your being. In addition to stripping away your professional identity, it inflicts secondhand loss on loved ones. In most cases, they feel what you feel—only at different times.

The most frustrating part for family members is only being able to watch you go through the job search process. The longer your job loss goes on, the more frustrating it becomes for family members, and the more difficult it becomes for you. Family members experience secondhand job loss because they cannot find a job for you; they can only sit on the sidelines and watch your hopes rise and fall with each application ...

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