New Survey Shows Helicopter Parents Meddle in Kids’ Job Search

job oppsThis just in…according to a new survey by Adecco Staffing, four out of 10 Americans between 18 and 24-years-old reported that their parents are involved in their job searches.

We’re not really surprised by these statistics. In our former role in the hallowed halls of human resources and recruiting, it wasn’t uncommon for parents to call campus recruiters to negotiate job offers or better yet, they called to ask why their kid didn’t get an offer in the first place. Seriously.

The study showed yes, parents accompany their adult children to job interviews and they write thank-you notes as well. Sigh.

Per the press release, parents are “enabling those kids and not creating a generation of doers.”

Plus, this doesn’t exactly send a positive message to recruiters that the candidate is independent and self-reliant. Where’s the initiative if mommy or daddy are getting involved? Moreover, once the candidate is hired, they won’t be able to rely on their parents for assimilation and dealing with issues that arise ranging from politics to difficult colleagues.

The survey also showed that seven out of 10 participants believed their demographic is having a more challenging time landing a job than prior generations.