Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Millennials help parents find a job

You've heard all the stories of parents hovering over their darlings or even coming to job interviews with them--but what about the flip side, millennials who help their parents find a job?

According to an article in Government Executive Magazine by Angela Almeida, older workers have a harder time.

The author herself was helping her mother, 60,  master on-line applications, write cover letters, and react in mock interviews.

These "children" even help their parents by paying for job coaches for them.

One example was a 25-year-old teacher whose father was a director of real estate at a university and was told take half his salary or leave. He had an MBA and real estate license, but his daughter sent 500 copies of his resume--he was out of work for three years. He even tried for overnight stocker at Walmart but was told he was overqualified. He works now selling real estate but is still looking for a job.

According to AARP, 45% of those 45-70 need some help with their job search.

A job search adviser in Minnesota advises those helping their parents to guard the parents' self confidence in learning new techniques and technology.

Because of pay gaps, women on average have to work 11 years longer than men to have a comparable retirement.

Yet the younger generation finds that people don't want to hire people they see as "retiring" soon--in other words, ageism is a big factor.

On the brighter side, some of the older former workers do ask their kids for help in doing marketing plans for their new "passion" businesses.

I would say, though, that this is the exception...

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