Job Loss Condolence Email Message Examples

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When someone you know has lost their job, it can be both helpful and supportive for you to offer your condolences, as well as any assistance you might be able to provide during the pending changes in their career. Acknowledging their loss doesn’t need to be awkward.

Job loss happens to many people during the course of a career, whether they are fired or laid off, or because of work performance, organizational restructuring, or another reason.

In today’s economy, the stigma of job loss is much less than it was a few generations ago, simply because so many companies – both venture and established – have folded. While it was common for early baby boomers to remain in the same job for their entire careers, the changeable economy over the last decade has created a new employment model where people expect to change jobs every four years or so.

This doesn’t mean that losing one’s job doesn’t sting – it does, especially if it was unanticipated. However, being forced to refocus one’s career trajectory can ultimately be a positive step, leading to new and better professional opportunities.

Thus, good condolence letters should strike a balance between sympathy and optimism. While you should acknowledge the stress the recipient is under, it’s also important to be encouraging and express your belief that things happen for a reason and exciting new opportunities lie ahead.

In order to maintain a positive tone, you don’t need to address the cause of their termination when you offer your support – that’s in the past. Instead, focus on encouragement and on offering practical assistance, with an eye on the future.

Here are examples of job loss condolence email messages to send when someone has been fired or terminated from employment.

Also see below for tips on what - and what not - to include in your email.

Job Loss Condolence Email Message Examples

Sample #1

Subject Line: Hello from Your Name

Dear Firstname,

Jane Doe informed me that your employment at XYZ Company was terminated. This is very unfortunate news, and I wanted to see how I could help you during this difficult transition.

If you're available for lunch this week, I'd welcome the opportunity to chat with you to see how I can help as you begin the next phase of your career.

I am available via phone in the evening or email anytime as well.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Your Name

yourname@email.com
111-222-3456

Sample #2

Subject Line: Regards from Your Name

Dear Firstname,

I was recently informed that you are no longer employed at ABC Enterprises. I am sorry to hear that you will be leaving the company.

If you need any assistance, there are several people that I can put you in touch with regarding open positions at some companies I think you would be a good fit for.

I’d be delighted to meet for coffee to discuss, or feel free to contact me via phone or email.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Your Name

yourname@email.com
111-222-3456

Sample #3

Subject Line: Hello from Your Name

Dear Firstname,

Jim Smith let me know this morning that you will no longer be working at ABC Company. This is unexpected news, and I’m so sorry to hear it.

If I can be of any assistance as you go through this transition, please let me know. I’m available anytime via phone or email. You have my best wishes as you move into the next phase of your career.

Regards,

Your Name

yourname@email.com
111-222-3456

Job Loss Condolence Letter Writing Tips

When writing a job loss condolence letter, you don’t need to address how the person lost their job. The important thing is to offer your support during a difficult time, and also to let them know that you are available for any help they might need.

Depending on your position and relationship, you can offer assistance in a variety of ways. You may want to spell these ways out in your letter, or be brief and just let them contact you when they are ready.

Keep your tone positive and upbeat. Regardless of the reasons for their job loss, it’s a difficult thing to go through.

Here are more tips for writing a condolence letter to someone who has lost their job.