My son is graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from college this year. He has been living at home and really wants to move out. There is no way that he can do this without a job and the job market outlook is pretty depressing. What can I do to help him find a job?
Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know that helps get your foot in the door. Networking, volunteer jobs and keeping in touch with the people who are already employed and might be aware of openings are certainly positive things to do.
Encourage your son to work on his resume. It’s his first intro to people who have control over the job he wants. It’s a good idea to call the employer to make sure that they have received your resume. You can also ask when would be a good time to call back to check on the status of the resume and make another call. Be persistent in your follow ups.
If your son gets the interview, try to get across to him that he needs to look and act very professional. Dress up in good clothes and present himself well verbally. He’s not talking to his friends. Also no gum, turn off the cell phone and have copies of his resume in hand to pass out. He should be prepared to discuss past experience in the context of the job offered. He may not have as many opportunities to interview so he has to make the most of those that are available.
If your son doesn’t find a job in reasonable amount of time he could consider staying in school to work on a Master’s degree. There may be more opportunities in a couple of years and he will be better prepared.
I’m sure he wants to be on his own but if he can’t get a job he needs to think about his options. I wish your son and all of his graduating class the very best of luck.