How To Help Your Child Find A Job
As millions of graduates prepare to enter the job market, they face the daunting prospect of finding a position in a sluggish economy. The national unemployment rate remained stagnant at 8.3 percent in early 2012, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey, the rate for college graduates was 7.1 percent during the same period. Fortunately there are a few simple things you as a parent can do to help your child land a job.
Don't be the job seeker
It may be tempting to go with your child to the job fair, but your presence may hurt his chances of getting an interview. Constantly looking over his shoulder will only make your child more nervous and scare off potential managers. It's okay to poke him in the right direction, like sending a reminder of the job fair or making a few extra copies of his resume, but companies want to know what your child, not you, is capable of.
Apply your own lessons learned
As a parent you are a valuable resource for your child. Your experience and contacts give her an edge if done right. It's okay for you to introduce your graduate to an old colleague, but leave it to her to follow up on any potential job leads. Be sure that any advice you hand out is still relevant, as many employers are looking for different skills than when you were entering the job market.
Encouraging your child to get involved in extracurricular activities will give him valuable experience that hiring managers look for. Talk to your child about his goals and choices in activities. A volunteer opportunity may become the right entry level job, but be sure it is what your child enjoys. Don't push him into an area of study just because it may offer lucrative jobs.