You’ve done your best to raise them right and send them off to college. How to help adult children land that first job after graduation.
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Why do we help our kids? Let me count the ways:
- Because we LOVE them.
- Because we want them to be successful.
- Because we want to make sure they have all the advantages – especially the ones that we might have missed out on.
- Because we want them to learn from our mistakes.
- Because ultimately, we want them to be well-adjusted, contributing adults.
It was so much easier to help my kids when they were children. Back then, I had confidence in my own life experiences to be able to help guide them through their many firsts: riding their first bike ride; writing their first essay; driving their first car; and filling out their first college applications. I know my assistance made a difference because with my help, all three of my children mastered these tasks – and many more.
However, my capable influence came to a screeching halt about the time my kids were ready to graduate from college and look for their first job. It became pretty obvious, pretty fast that this mom’s 20th century resume skills were meaningless and out of date when compared to the 21st century high-tech age of multi-media job seeking my kids were facing. I still wanted to be a part of helping them with this new first in their life but I had no advice to give. What a lousy time for a mom’s help to fail. Lucky for all of us, it didn’t take long to get up to speed because I recently became familiar with Domain.Me, a domain name provider that allows anyone to register a .ME domain and create a unique, safe, online identity with a URL ending in .ME.
Written resumes that our generation depended on in getting a job are no longer relevant by themselves. In the survey, 67% of the HR professionals claimed that a personal website provides more insight than a resume alone. Why? Because personal websites are able to offer a more dynamic representation of the personal and professional qualifications of the job candidate. Since there is currently a low prevalence of personal websites being utilized in job seeking, having my kids utilize this tool represents an easy opportunity for them to stand out in the job competition. For when a choice had to be made between two candidates with seemingly equal qualifications, 39% of recruiters said they would be more inclined to contact the candidate with the personal website than the ordinary resume.
One other interesting fact from the survey that I want to make sure my kids are aware of in their job seeking is to know which social media site is most effective in helping applicants find jobs. While content is reviewed from all social media channels, when it comes to screening candidates, HR professionals rely most on LinkedIn. Better to spend less time on Instagram, SnapChat, or even Twitter and more time developing their LinkedIn profile.
Like you, this mother is always going to want to offer solid advice to her children. When it comes to finding success after college in landing that first job, creating a personal website and getting a .ME domain the best advice I can give them for 21st Century job seeking success.