Liverpool workers among some
of the most likely to rely on their parents for help with their job search
NEW research from the UK's leading
independent job board, CV Library, has found that 14.5% of workers in Liverpool
have had their parents help them with a job application, with 21.4% of them
admitting that their parents have helped them to write their CV.
The research; which sought to explore the trend of 'Helicopter Parents'
a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of
their children; found that job hunters are increasingly reliant on their
parents to help them throughout their career.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV Library, comments:- "The
Helicopter Parent trend has taken over in recent years and it's fascinating to
hear how job hunters in the City are increasingly reliant on their parents to
help them throughout their careers. Looking for a job can be stressful, so it's
therefore not overly surprising to hear that many candidates are afraid to go at
it alone and it's clear that more support might be needed online to help them
find work, and give them the confidence to embark on a happy and rewarding job
Furthermore, the study found that 8.9% of workers in Liverpool have had their
parents call in sick to work on their behalf, and a further 3.6% admit to having
their parents deal with their boss, in terms of asking for a promotion, a pay
rise, time off, etc.
In addition, 14.8% of Liverpool employees think businesses should make
allowances for candidates who bring their parents to an interview with them,
with 34.5% stating that if they were in charge of hiring, they would hire
someone who brought their parents to an interview; higher than any other City
Biggins continues:- "While it's inevitable that candidates will ask for
advice from their family during the recruitment process, the fact that many are
using their parents to get involved with some of the difficult conversations, or
meetings, is worrying. Nerves can get the better of even the most confident of
people, but it is best for candidates to try and brave interviews by themselves,
as this will help them to come across as a more mature, professional, individual
to prospective employers."
The majority of UK workers (72.1%) think that parents should not get involved in
their child's career, and this sentiment was echoed by 76.8% of workers in
Liverpool. That said the majority of UK workers (84.9%) believe that it's
unprofessional for employees to involve their parents in their working lives,
which was mirrored by 81.5% of workers in Liverpool.
Biggins concludes:- "All in all, any parent will want to help out where
possible when it comes to their children's careers, but it's important to get
the balance right."