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Guest post by Heather Eager

Are both you and your offspring out of work? When an economy is in bad shape, it’s not uncommon for a few members of a family to be out of work simultaneously.

However, it’s often possible for parents and children to drastically decrease the lengths of their job searches by working together. Here’s a look at a parent-child job search, and steps that both can take to land a good job quickly.

How the Parent Helps the Child

There are a number of ways that the parent can assist the child in the job search. First, most parents have built up years of on the job experience, occasionally in several very different fields. With this type of knowledge, the parent can advise the child on what to expect in a work environment and even give advice about interacting in a professional setting.

But even more important is, during the job search, the parent would be able to help the child prepare the resume, understand what information should be listed, and also prepare for the interview. This is an area where a parent’s experience can be particularly useful, and passing off some tips to a child can greatly improve the child’s chances of finding a job.

How the Child Can Help the Parent

What’s great about the knowledge that a recent college grad brings to the table is that it’s all fresh. A college grad has just finished learning about the latest technology, knows what’s going on in the industry he or she is pursuing and has probably even received some help from a career advisor on how to create a resume, cover letter and even mock interview.

College graduates are often more up to date on the technologies used for job searches, and might be able to help you set up a profile on popular job networking websites like LinkedIn. Your child might even be able to help you with technical projects like converting your resume into various formats like Adobe PDF that are in common usage at many companies. In other words, where you come with a boatload of experience and wisdom, your child comes with a fresh mind, making it easy for your child to assist you in areas you may be lacking.

How You Can Help Each Other

One of the most important aspects of job seeking is having a partner in your corner to help you throughout the process. Whether you have your best friend read over your resume, enlist your spouse to help you with a mock interview, or even have a cousin reaffirm that you will find a job, having support is a great thing. With the parent and child working together, it’s easy to have instant support, so be sure you both take advantage of it as you proceed through the process.

The great news is that you can work together with your child to find jobs that maybe you can start at the same time. What’s even better is that a joint job search can strengthen the bond between a parent and a child–and that’s worth far more than any well paying position.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

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  1. Jim Horrell on April 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hi Heather Eager,

    I read your guest post and I agree that a child working together with a parent can certainly benefit both job seekers. The parent can also share advice with the child by filling in the statement, I wish I would have … When I was in college, I would never have thought to get recommendations from my instructors. I can see the benefit of encouraging sons or daughters to get recommendations, even from high school teachers if possible. My son started high school this year, and in the long run, it is better to stay in contact with the people who have helped make you the person you are today. Parents have a big impact on your beliefs, values, expectations, and desires. But, teachers also can play an important role in the types of people we become.

    I like the idea of the student sharing his/her experience with the parent and vice versa. Hopefully the son or daughter does not see the parent as being weak because they are asking for help in some way with their job search. Hopefully the child learns the perspective that even adults can ask for help sometimes, and it also makes the child feel good about themselves to help another person.

    My son has been an inspiration to myself and has touched the lives of others in positive ways. Children struggle with many different issues as they grow up. My son has had to work through more challenges than most. He has had 5 heart surgeries as well as other non-cardiac operations. He also has ADHD. Not only can children sometimes teach adults some new things about technology, they can also teach us some more important lessons about life.

    “What’s even better is that a joint job search can strengthen the bond between a parent and a child–and that’s worth far more than any well paying position.” – Well said, and I couldn’t agree with you more!


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