Work it Wednesday: Helping your recent grad find a job

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  • Amanda Guralski of BizMe.Biz
    

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Recent college graduates who need to pay back student loans are struggling with the rest of the country in a weak job market.

Parents accustomed to a "hands-on" approach may be tempted to step in to help with the seach.

Career consultant and coach Amanda Guralski, of BizMe.biz, says there are definite do's and don'ts for parents.

First among them is to use your own professional or social contacts to help your child network.  That includes asking people to sit down with your grad to conduct an informational interview. 

That will help your grad build skills for interviewing, as well as establish new contacts.

Parents can also help grads or soon-to-be grads prepare for professional interviews by making sure they look the part.

"Either gift your child some money, or take them shopping and loan them the money to really get two great interview outfits," said Guralski.

One outfit is for the first interview.  The second outfit needs to be on standby in case a second interview is needed.

For students still in college, Guralski advises parents to make sure their student is using the college career center which can offer a range services for job-seekers.

"If your son or daughter has not done an internship yet, and they're nearing the second semster of their senior year, you need to encouraged them (to do) an internship," said Guralski.

Interships build skills and connections.  Guralski parlayed her own internship into a work experience that included launching a magazine.

Guralski says parents should not do the legwork for their child.  Don't research companies for your child.  That's their job.

When they do get a job offer, it is also their responsibility to negotiate for themselves.  Do not call an employer on your child's behalf.

Guralski says one of the best things you can do is listen to your child.

"Often times when I sit down with students, they'll say, 'My parents want me to be this, but I really want to be this,'" said Guralski.

Guralski says parents should ask their child to tell them what they are passionate about, and then help them follow that passion. 

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