With a new class of graduates entering the workforce (we’re talking about you Millennials), a disturbing trend resurfaces where parents are becoming more involved in decisions that should be made solely by their adult children. According to a recent survey, HR Pros already think Millennials aren’t as competent as Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers, so don’t give them any more ammo.
After years of micromanaging their children’s lives, many parents are not ready to let go just yet. As a result, numerous parents are becoming actively and excessively involved in helping their child find their first job.
Overall, parental involvement in the recruitment process is commonly viewed as a negative towards the candidate. Although many parents are just trying to help their child, their efforts may be hindering their child’s chances of landing a job. Candidates need to show confidence, initiative and demonstrate their ability to independently express new ideas, approach new tasks and think on their own.
Many parents are unsure how involved they should be in their child’s job search process. Below are some helpful tips as to where parents should draw the line:
- Attend career fairs or networking events on behalf of your child. It is important that they personally represent themselves to prospective employers.
- Sit in the lobby while your child is interviewing. It can create an uncomfortable experience for the employer, which could decrease the chance of a second interview.
- Negotiate salary on your child’s behalf with the potential employer. It is best for your child to demonstrate independence and confidence to negotiate on their own./li>
- Act as a career coach by helping your child better understand their personality, strengths and weaknesses in order to help guide them in the appropriate career path.
- Forward a child’s resume to personal or business contacts for employment consideration.
- Encourage and support your child in their job search by listening and answering any questions they may have about the recruitment process. You can also participate in role playing to help them prepare for the interview process or help them draft that perfect follow-up letter.