Calling all parents
We can tell the end of the school year is approaching as is the time that many of our graduates are finding themselves without a job. How can we tell? By the number of mothers who are phoning to ask if we have any vacancies for their offspring.
As well-meaning as parents are they’re really doing their child a disservice by phoning companies or recruiters asking for work, in the same way as when a spouse phones regarding their other half, it gives the wrong impression of the applicant.
By all means help your child gather the information on possible vacancies and supply them with a phone; but under no circumstances should you call on behalf of a third party.
To give the right impression from the outset the applicant must make the call, they must be clear and concise as to why they are calling, if responding to an advert mention the advert, they must have a notepad and pen to make notes and a calendar to arrange appointments; above all make the call from a land line only and from a quiet room.
Even if they were unsuccessful at obtaining a meeting they have given the right impression and do tell your child to offer to send in their CV just in case.
It is a hard market and they only get one chance, so make it count by pointing them in the right direction and letting them learn to be independent.