Your Parents Can Be a Resource in Your Job Search

Category : Employment/Career Center
Posted By : Ambrose Onyango
Posted Date : 15 Nov 2018 13:46 hrs

Parents-Resource-Job-SearchIt can be hard to secure your first job after graduating from college, and any help that you get can go a long way towards easing that task. One of the biggest sources of help during this phase of your life is right at home with the people who raised you. Read on and learn how your parents can be a resource in your job search.

Narrowing Your Career Options

One of the biggest forms of help that you can get when just starting out after college has to do with helping you to clarify which careers or roles would be suitable for you. Your parents know you more than anyone else does (hopefully) and they can suggest fields/industries where you would shine.

Such help can make it easier for you to narrow down your job search to the opportunities that are in line with your interests and skills. You are likely to shine during interviews for roles in areas where you have a natural aptitude. Such stellar interview performances quickly result in job offers.

Offer Networking Contacts

Still wondering how your parents can be a resource in your job search? Consider all the people that they know in the community and through their interactions during their time at work and their life-long experience.

Those contacts can be an invaluable resource during your job search. Ask your parents to introduce you to people who can write recommendations for you or offer any other help as you look for a job.

That large network of your parents will make it easier for you to navigate the job search process and it will take you a shorter time to secure your first job.

Review Resumes

You can also enlist the help of your parents after you have drafted a resume in response to a job advert in your favorite jobs portal. Let them review your resume and any other related documents.

Use the feedback that they provide to fine-tune your resume so that it stands a higher chance of getting you an invitation to be interviewed for the position available. For example, they may tell you that you didn’t give ample attention to your accomplishments as you listed your employment history.

Such comments can lead you to focus on highlighting your accomplishments instead of simply stating the duties that the different positions required you to execute.

Brainstorming Interview Questions

Your parents can help you to brainstorm the questions that you are likely to be asked during job interviews. Can’t you do it on your own? You can, but chances are you may overlook certain aspects of the interview.

Two heads are always better than one, so involve your parents in this brainstorming exercise so that you cover all your bases as you prepare to impress the interviewers.

Don’t look at this brainstorming exercise from the point of view of only what you may be asked. Consider what questions you can ask when you get the opportunity to do so during the interview. The right questions can create a favorable impression upon the interviewer, so get your parents’ help as you prepare for this aspect of the job interviews.

Conducting Mock Interviews

Your parents can also be of great help as you find ways to overcome the nervousness that makes many fresh graduates freeze or bungle a job interview.

One of the best ways to avoid being nervous during an interview is by conducting as many mock interviews as you can. Your parents can role-play as interviewers and give you feedback on your performance.

They can also ask you questions that are intended to trip you up so that they gauge how well you can retain your presence of mind when such curved balls are sent your way. 

This kind of interview preparation will reduce the interview jitters people get when they go into interview rooms without anticipating any of the likely questions.

Proofreading Your Correspondence

Your parents can also help during your job search by reading through any correspondence that you write in relation to your job search. For example, you may need to write “thank you” letters after an interview.

Don’t send out such correspondence until a second pair of eyes has read through it. Those extra eyes might as well be those of one of your parents, or preferably both parents. They may spot grammar errors that escaped your scrutiny when you were editing the correspondence.

Your parents may also ask you to adjust the tone of the letters in case it seems too informal.
Their help in this area will strengthen your image as a professional who pays attention to the tiniest detail of everything you do.

Assess Job Offers

Another important area where your parents can be a huge help is when a job offer has been made and you want to review it before accepting or rejecting it.

May aspects of the job offer may be so new to you that you may not know what to make of them. For example, you may be unable to tell the difference between different retirement benefits or health insurance plans.

Your parents can break such things down for you so that you decide which offer has better terms when compared to another offer you are considering.

You can also use their input when making a counter-offer. After all, most employers leave some room for negotiation when they make their first offer to a job applicant that they wish to hire.

Use this window to make a realistic request for an adjustment in the terms of the contract offered so that your inexperience doesn’t lead you to literally leave money on the table when you accept your first job offer.

Now you know how your parents can be a resource in your job search. Your next task is to make use of this resource in the correct way. For example, don’t ask your parents to handle salary and benefits negotiations with a prospective employer on your behalf. Your parents are going to be, well, parents, and they will advise you whether you ask or not. Live with it and steer their help in the direction that you want. Before long, you will land inyour first job and you will look back and realize how much it was easier because you got your parents’ help.

By Ambrose Onyango for

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