In America, we lovingly adopt children, animal companions, highways and classes of students. We can also a adopt a man out of work, coaching him in the how-to of getting and keeping paid employment. In this new global economy, continually disrupted by technology, that has changed and keeps changing. About 17% of men 25 to 54 years old, reports The Wall Street Journal, don't have jobs. Here is that article (sub. req.)
Already some of us fortunate enough to have work are doing just that, informally. Casually we reach out or timidly an unemployed man asks us to read his resume. Most often, the fix is easy. The mistakes the man is making are obvious. If he is truly motivated to go back to the labor force, he will take that great emotional and behavioral leap into changing bits and pieces about how he presents himself in the work world.
For example, the resume might not contain a "cover story" for employment gaps. Research and experience show that employers don't hire the long-term unemployed. When interviewing a jobless man in my complex about an 18-month hiatus, it turns out he was working. Only it was unpaid, such as coordinating activities at his church. We sat that and described that in detail under "Professional Experience." For that his minister could be an excellent reference.
So, how can you adopt a man out of work? Just ask. "Did you ever consider getting back into sales?" That's what I asked a friend of a friend who's been jobless since he returned from an emotional crash in Las Vegas. At first, it was the "yes, buts." Among them was that he didn't ever want to put in the 18-hour days selling cars again. I responded with "Yes, but, you can sell something else." On his own, he decided that his way back will be through working a counter in retail.
In 2003, when my business tanked and I had to get a real job, all kinds of people adopted me. They came to me. Mostly they provided simple tips like learning to listen when being interviewed for a possibility and asking one question. It took three jobs before I could get a new business up and running.
Let's go to the men out of work with compassion and solid capitalistic advice.