How to Coach Your Adult Child Into a Career


Call in Some Favors, Then Call in the Pros
Enlist the help of a professional resume writer, career counselor or job coach.
Enlist the help of a professional resume writer, career counselor or job coach.
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If graduation has come and gone, there are still steps you can take to help your adult child. (OK, we're really going to need a better term for this if the trend is going to hang around for a while. Does "chadult" work for anyone?) If you haven't done so already, scour your personal and professional contact lists for the names of family, friends and colleagues who might be willing and able to make an introduction, offer advice or pass your child's resume along.

You will be tempted to offer your own well-intended feedback about resume preparation and interviewing skills, but consider enlisting the help of a pro here. Your graduate may be more willing to accept advice from an objective third party, and a professional resume writer, career counselor or job coach should be on top of current resume requirements and job search trends, which may have changed since the last time you were in the job market. If these services aren't available through the university's career center, try to think of this as yet another investment in your child's future -- or just a really great graduation gift.