John is a senior at the local high school. As soon as he graduates, he would start searching for employment. With the present economic condition this would not be an easy task. He, along with about 40,000 other graduates from various schools, are competing for the same scarce jobs. That is particularly difficult for kids just getting out of school without any experience in looking for a job.
The parents of John are worried. The fact that there is an increasing number of unemployed children staying with parents, is naturally worrying them. They are wondering what they can do to help John t to find a job.
Primarily, the parents should not start pushing once their child graduate. Most of these kids know that they cannot live with mom and dad forever. They realize that they have to go out and look for a job. Your duty should be to give them proper encouragement and provide them any support they would need. Having faith in them would prove more beneficial. In addition, don’t nag when things aren’t going as fast as you think they should.
Most students are not skilled in job hunting. This makes them prematurely give up the effort. Only way to avoid this is to provide them encouragement and motivation. You can also suggest that part time is OK temporarily. Part time jobs will give them the experience which would help them in landing in full time job in due course.
It would be ideal to be his friend at this stage. Listen to what the child wants. Many parents make the mistake of forcing their children to adopt their line of thinking in looking for a job. When you get a clue to what your child wants to do, encourage them in that direction. If things gets too bad, you should give support. It would be good if you sit together and work out a plan which suits your child.
Being too soft on them also would be counterproductive. They need firmness in this situation because it is too easy to give up. If you feel that things are not working out then you need to step in.
You need to establish good rapport with your unemployed child. It would be good to set some rules come into an understanding with him so that both of you know what to expect. For example, If they need to fill out 5 employment application in order to drive the car for a week.
It would be better if you suppress your temptation to do things for him yourself. That doesn’t help the situation at all and it destroys the confidence the child has in both you and them. Keep in mind the world of job hunting has changed since you first started this endeavor.
Above suggestions would definitely help you if you want to help your child in his efforts for getting an employment . This would help in maintaining the trust and confidence in both of you, once your child lands in his first job.
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