Most parents struggle with how they should assist in the job search process. On one hand, you want to do everything you can to help your child find a full-time job (and the sooner, the better). On the other hand, you know that your son or daughter may reject your help if you try to be too involved. Here’s how you can strike a good balance:

FIRST

Realize that your son or daughter needs to find a job on his or her own. If you find yourself writing cover letters or personally contacting hiring managers, it’s time to take a step back. Not only is this type of behavior off-putting to hiring companies, it also doesn’t help them be a successful employee in the long run.

SECOND

New grads are often reluctant to take their parents’ advice, especially if you promote a specific job or career. They may think your advice is outdated (and, frankly, they might be right if your last job search is a distant memory), or they may feel like they’re being pressured to take any job that will get them out from under your roof ASAP.

THIRD

The best way you can help your child at this stage is to provide:

ENCOURAGEMENT

A job search can be a marathon, with lots of hurdles and disappointments along the way. Be supportive of their efforts and encourage them to continue applying, networking and refining their job search strategy.

CONNECTIONS

A strong network and knowing where to find trusted information are important components in any job search. Offer to introduce your child to your connections that are willing to meet with them for coffee or an informational interview. Likewise, point your son or daughter to resources to help them with their job search, such as Avenica and their college career services department.

FOURTH

Most new college grads need assistance in identifying their transferable skills and where they fit in the workforce, especially if they have a liberal arts or general business degree. A major component of the Avenica program is helping recent grads identify their strengths, then matching them with open positions that are a great fit for those skills. Plus, our services are always free to the job seeker. Encourage your son or daughter to apply with Avenica to learn more.

Avenica is a free service for job seekers and can be a powerful tool in your arsenal of job search strategies and advice for graduating seniors. College seniors nearing graduation and recent grads can: