By Tricia Dahlman
Your first impulse in helping your child begin a job search may be to search online or a newspaper's want ads for jobs. In reality, job-hunting takes time.
Encourage your child to commit as much time as possible to job search activities. Help find blocks of time your child can spend each week on job searching activities.
A job search plan will help your child execute a more effective search. This plan is a flexible outline of your child's job search goal and how he or she expects to reach the goal.
Create a job search goal with your child by working through the questions below:
Review your child's goals and job search schedule each week. For each block of time on the schedule, help them identify what they plan to accomplish. For example, use a two-hour block on Monday to find 10 new potential employers.
Networking is an important piece in a job search plan. It involves your child talking with anyone who could help them find a job. Network contacts can include coworkers, teachers, counselors, friends, family, or coaches.
Encourage your child to create a list of contacts. They should talk to those contacts regularly. When your child talks to a new contact, remind them to tell the contact:
Remind your child to thank their contacts. Have your child send a thank-you note every time a contact helps them. Your child should also help their contacts if they can in the future.