HR Strange But True!
June 03, 2010
As summer approaches, job applications are being sent out and competition is high for most positions. Many jobseekers, especially college students and recent graduates, struggle with where to send their applications and how to make it stand out from the rest in the pile. There are plenty of websites and resources available to assist with the search, but more and more it seems that jobseekers are utilizing a source much closer to home, parents.

Parents helping their children find job placement is not uncommon, but some mothers and fathers are taking it to the next level and becoming their children’s personal job searching engine. They are using their own employment, contacts, and job-hunting skills to secure their son or daughter employment.

While this parental instinct may at first seem overbearing, it may not be completely unfounded. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national unemployment rate among 18- to 24-year olds is at 14.6 percent.

The New York Times also reported on the bleak outlook for young workers this summer, pointing out that government organizations who are traditionally seasonal employers have a tight budget and private employers are hesitant to hire until the economy bounces back.

Financial burdens may also be adding to parents becoming more involved in their child’s job search. Without a job, some young adults are falling back on their parents for financial support to pay loans, rent, and other costs which are not inexpensive. For example, according to recent survey, the average amount borrowed to obtain a professional degree at a four-year public institution averages over $60,000.

So where should parents draw the line? Here are a few horror stories that the Chicago Tribune suggests parents avoid:

  1. Calling employers before an interview and recommending their child
  2. Asking employers why their child didn't get the job
  3. Trying to get involved in salary negotiations


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