Helping Your Child Enter the Workforce

 

Happy Summer!  This is the time of year where we see young adults hoping to get a summer job or join an internship program.  Here are a few ways that you can help:

Resume and Experience.

It’s challenging for young adults to showcase their skills when they don’t have any professional job experience.  However, jobs are not the only way for young adults to demonstrate their potential.  Encourage your child to showcase their skills and abilities through alternative involvement and opportunities.

For example, babysitting shows responsibility, especially if the job is regularly scheduled.  Mowing lawns for family and friends over summers shows hard work and discipline.  Or, volunteering – even if required for school hours – demonstrates commitment.  Get creative and show off a little!

Be patient.

The job market is still tight, even for part-time, seasonal and entry-level positions.  In fact, hiring managers are seeing multiple applicants for open positions and many of those applicants are exceptional over qualified.

Your child may have to submit many applications even to be considered for a job or earn an interview.  Remind him or her to be patient and persistent.

Working is a Privilege.

Be supportive. Once they get the job, you need to remind them of workplace expectations.  You may have to give a ride or help plan transportation.  They need to show up on time, dress appropriately and communicate effectively. 

Help your child make responsible choices.  If your child isn’t feeling well, he or she needs to consider if they should go to work or stay at home.  Is a headache a reason to stay home?  Perhaps going to work is the better choice.  If your child is sick, ask them to contact their employer as far in advance as possible or get a shift covered by a co-worker, if applicable.  If your child needs time off, ask for vacation time well in advance so their employer has time to schedule a replacement.  Sometimes they may have to sacrifice a trip with friends because of new job responsibilities.

Often parents tell me their child’s job is work for them!  That can be true; however, working is an important part of growing up and the lessons they learn can benefit them for a lifetime.  A job teaches responsibility and discipline – plus, it helps your child earn extra cash, which can benefit you, too.  Good luck!

by Barbara, Vice President, Human Resources

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