For many of us, job hunting is a nerve-racking task characterized by dead ends and rejections before landing on the right one. But for teenagers searching for their first job, this experience can be highly intensified. And that's why many parents are stepping in to help.
However, when helping your teen find a job, keep in mind that they should do most of the legwork to build confidence and nurture independence. This will help them navigate job hunts and workplace hurdles without you in the future.
So, how can you help your teen get their first job without taking complete control?
Provide Guidance On Hiring Processes
Hiring processes vary wildly from one company to another, and many are not aware. Therefore, it's OK to guide your teen through these processes.
Career experts encourage parents to conduct mock interviews to help their kids to speak confidently about their experiences. It's also wise to help your teen review details of job offers such as expected salary, 401K, benefits, and more since it's something new to them.
And while at it, allow them to make employment decisions. Don't push them into something they don't want to do.
Be A Good Role Model
Sharing positive stories about your job search, and work experiences are one of the most impactful ways to encourage your child to find work. You can also start by encouraging them to take on summer jobs so they can develop basic skills like working in the public, being responsible, and taking instructions.
But when sharing stories about your experiences, be careful. Don't make it about you. Teens can easily get bored. Whether you want your child to follow in your footsteps or dealing with your unfulfilled dreams, don't let it be about you.
Use Your Networks
There's nothing wrong with informing your networks that your teen is in the market for a job. Many experts also agree that it's OK to arrange an introduction for an informal interview.
So if you already have good networks on social media and other platforms, let them know your recent grad is job hunting. One of them might provide helpful information.
While hooking up your teen with your networks, know where to draw the line. For example, don't "get the job" for them. Make the introduction and let your teen manage from there. Also, don't do anything unethical like filling their resume with false information.
Provide Guidance On Hiring Processes
As mentioned earlier, when looking for jobs, rejections will be there, and teenagers are no exceptions. Studies show that very few people actually get the first job they apply for.
So help your teen learn to deal with rejections. For instance, advise them to use rejections as stepping stones for the next job. Use them to look at where to improve so they learn from mistakes and those of others. But don't stop when your kid lands get their first job.
Teach Them To Be Smart With Money
When you teen gets that first job, you will have won half the battle. You need to teach them to be smart with money to set them up for financial success and independence. And that means helping them manage their paycheck.
The good news is that many of us have made mistakes. You're not going to allow your kids to repeat the same, right?
So if you teen gets that job, it's wise to:
- Teach them to budget
- Advise them to open a savings account
- Suggest saving money for retirement as early as possible
- Encourage them to work hard and smart
Helping your teen get their first job is a great way to help them become independent and self-sufficient. But how you do it can have a huge impact on their lives. Use these tips to help them secure a job without being too pushy or taking complete control. Good luck!