Perpetual Children: Mom and Dad Help Young’Uns Find Jobs

Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute reports an odd trend: parents helping their adult children find a job.

According to CERI, the current generation of young job seekers is getting a lot of help from their parents, even to the point of Mom or Dad showing up to the job interview with them.

Some employers reported that seeing parents show up in tow with interviewees was guaranteed rejection as it was a sure sign that the job seeker wasn’t ready to fly on his own.

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Apparently, today’s youngsters don’t find anything unusual with asking parents to haunt job fairs, polish a resume, wipe their noses or escort them to meet with a potential employer.

One professor in an online discussion group reported a former student who received a job offer from an employer but told the caller to contact her parents so that Dad could negotiate the details of the position.


Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but I recall that for my first job interview, not only did my Mom not drive me to the work site, but she made me walk the four miles through 100-plus-degree heat because she was busy getting her hair done.

Ah, cherished memories.

I do remember that one of my employers got to “chat” with my mom once. I forget the exact circumstances, but my Mom took it upon herself, completely without my approval or advanced knowledge, to give him a piece of her mind.

The liquor didn’t help the situation either.

I remember the look on his face and tone of voice very clearly, but all he said to me was, “Never … EVER … AGAIN.”

Overbearing parents and employers don’t mix and shouldn’t try to.

So, kids, leave Mommy and Daddy at home.

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