Dear Roze:

Quite often my friends and relatives ask me to talk to their kids about a career in my field. I have no problem doing it as long as these young people take some initiative. Recently, a person I'm friendly with but don't regularly socialize with, asked me to come to brunch because she wanted me to talk to her daughter about my work so her daughter could figure out if it's something she wants to pursue. She's a college graduate in her mid-20s. I wasn't able to do brunch, but I suggested she just tell her daughter to call me. What I had sensed from the invitation was confirmed the way this friend responded to my suggestion. She said she would 'encourage' her daughter to call me. It's been over three weeks since my suggestion and I haven't heard from the daughter. If this young woman doesn't have the spunk to reach out on her own, I'm not inclined to spend any time with her. There are so many people, young and older, clamoring to work in my field. In my world, if someone wants a job, they need to assert themselves. What are your thoughts on this?

Job seeker should not need encouragement

Dear Job seeker should not need encouragement:

I could not agree with you more! A parent can make an introduction for their child/get the child's foot in the door, but it is the young adult's responsibility to contact you. Before contacting you for this informational interview, she should prepare by developing questions. And of course, she should also be able to demonstrate she has done some research and knows some things about your profession and employer by the questions and/or statements she makes. She should also be prepared to answer any questions you may have for her. Even though this is not a job interview, it is an opportunity for this young woman to not only acquire information and advice concerning your field, but it is also a time for her to make a positive impression. Right after the discussion, she should send you a thank you email and a short handwritten note would go a long way. She may not realize this, but you may have the ability to recommend her... or not...

copyright 2014 Rozanne R. Worrell

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