While losing a job means lost income, getting fired or laid-off can also be a blow to your pal's ego and self-esteem. Though finding the right words can be difficult and acknowledging the loss can be uncomfortable, your support can help your friend feel better and find the motivation to get back into the job market.

What Should I Say?

Saying, "I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your job," or "This must be difficult for you," can go a long way in comforting your friend. Relating your own experiences -- as long as they have a happy ending -- can also be useful. As suggested by author Julie Weingarden Dubin on Hallmark, you might say, "I remember how difficult it was when I lost my job, but keep going. It can take some time, but you will find something else." You can also say, "I'm here if you want to talk about it," or compliment his positive traits and show your appreciation for them, like saying, "You are hard-working and very loyal, and that has been such a help to me," advises career coach Carol Ross on the Next Avenue website.