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How Parents Can Support Their First-Time Job Seeker (Emotional Support)

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

The current job market presents a number of hurdles to first-time job seekers, many of whom appear unable to begin their professions right after graduation. Parents of these job seekers face a difficult challenge since they want to see their children succeed in their chosen career path. However, most parents are unsure how to best support their children. When they spend time with their job seeker, they must know the vital role they play.

Here are tips to successfully help their child get hired in their first job:

Recognize the present hiring landscape. Parents should be aware that the employment landscape for early careerists has changed dramatically. Nowadays, university students are significantly more likely to graduate without a job offer. On-the-job training has also declined in popularity. Today's young recruits are expected to contribute from the start of their careers, and job seekers may be forced to complete additional training before being considered for a post. Parents should be aware that the hiring process for senior and executive-level employees differs significantly from that for those just starting out in their professions.

Gently advise. Parents must not view a lack of immediate work as a failure. They must be reasonable in their expectations for a young adult's job hunt, as developing the essential qualifications may take time. Rather than criticizing their job seeker about their future actions, a parent should try to practice active listening. Ask open-ended questions, participate in lively debates, and avoid the urge to take charge of their job hunt. Recognize that the responsibility of the parent in this stage is not to solve the problem. Above all, parents should try to encourage and interact with their adult children, particularly because disappointment is an unavoidable part of the process, and it can put a young professional's resilience to the test.

Take part, but not excessively. It's a good idea to stand back and consider why you're so invested in your adult child's job search. The importance of communication between the parent and the job seeker cannot be overstated. Parents may hear of kids who have held employment for months while their own child is still working on their resume since different businesses hire at different times of the year. Parents should seek out opportunities to talk with their children about who they have become over their college years, what kind of everyday professional life they find appealing, what options are available, and where they could fit in. It may be quite different from what the parents had envisioned.

Encourage them to get involved early. Perhaps your child would like to take a break before beginning the job search. Tell them, however, that getting employed will take time. Encourage your child to take advantage of the tools available to them in college, such as networking events, interview preparation, and resume help. Also, remind them that their professors may have industry connections that they might request while still in school.

Don't do their work for them. You can't finish your child's work for them once they've been hired, and the same goes for the job search. Instead of creating their cover letter for them, offer to review it. While role playing and practice interviews can help your child prepare, scheduling or listening in on encounters with potential employers should be avoided.

Always be a pillar of support. Though you should hold your child accountable for their job hunt, bear in mind that the job market is competitive, and your child may have difficulty finding work, particularly if their friends do. Pay special attention to any signs of anxiety.

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