People Actually Do This?

Helicopter parents are on the loose. Now, they’re actually getting job offers or negotiating salaries for their kids, according to this piece on

“‘It’s becoming a necessity to utilize parents to make contacts for kids, but the student has to close the deal,’ Joe Glenn said about his decision to help his son, now a junior at the University of Delaware.”

We understand that no parent wants their kid to move back in after college (well, almost no parent—hi, Mom) but parents calling the employers where their kid applied…makes nobody look good.

Leslie Stevenson, director of the University of Richmond’s Career Development Center, says that “employers frown upon parents taking the initiative to check on the status of job applications.” Duh. Parents have also called to negotiate salaries for their kids, tagged along at job fairs, and basically embarrassed the crap out of the kids who should know better and made those who didn’t look even sillier.

And from Steven Rothberg, president and founder of

“I recently received a call from the mother of a Ph.D. student who was applying to jobs on behalf of the daughter and thought there was nothing wrong with it. The mother asked for suggestions for what jobs she should apply to on behalf of the daughter and I told her none.”

A commenter at Ask A Manager (from where we found this link) adds: “Were I hiring and I got a call from a parent, my next action would be a rejection email to the applicant. It would include the reason that the applicant was obviously incapable of being responsible enough to get a paycheck from me if they are having their parent call. If they don’t know that’s happening, they’ll put a stop to it and maybe get the next job; if they do, they don’t deserve a real job.”

That about says it all.


Publish date: May 24, 2010 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT