‘My Parents Got Me My First Job’: 8 True Stories

The most extreme helicopter parents are accompanying their children on job interviews these days (yes, really), but mom and dad don’t have to hold your hand in HR to help give your career a boost. Here are eight stories from people whose parents secured their first job for them. Some parents scored their kids cushy gigs with a well-placed phone call. Others gave them glowing recommendations. And then there’s the guy whose dad got him a job digging up graves at a local cemetery.

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    • Trish

      During my first job out of college, I found myself going through the inbox of the person I replaced, and found an email to the boss stating that the dad of one of the candidates called and offered to pay his entire first year salary up front if they would give him the job.

      I’d been at the job for about two weeks when the guy was brought in for another interview, and made a special assistant to the publisher. In the first 2 months, I had to call him every half hour when he still wasn’t at work at noon, because he was passed out from the night before. It became clear why his dad had to buy him a job.

      I only stayed at that job for 6 months, but that guy is still there, presumably getting paid from the company now, but who knows.

      I always think about emailing him and asking if he knew his dad paid for him to get there.

      • http://twitter.com/publicroad Ruth Graham

        Ha!

    • Trish

      During my first job out of college, I found myself going through the inbox of the person I replaced, and found an email to the boss stating that the dad of one of the candidates called and offered to pay his entire first year salary up front if they would give him the job.

      I’d been at the job for about two weeks when the guy was brought in for another interview, and made a special assistant to the publisher. In the first 2 months, I had to call him every half hour when he still wasn’t at work at noon, because he was passed out from the night before. It became clear why his dad had to buy him a job.

      I only stayed at that job for 6 months, but that guy is still there, presumably getting paid from the company now, but who knows.

      I always think about emailing him and asking if he knew his dad paid for him to get there.

      • http://twitter.com/publicroad Ruth Graham

        Ha!