How do I help my brother get over his unemployment slump?
January 12, 2014 10:30 PM Subscribe
My little brother graduated with a degree in marketing last spring, and has since been living at my parents' house doing...absolutely nothing. He is interested in applying to jobs, and understands the steps involved, but seems to have no motivation to start that process. How can I help him?
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Throughout high school and college my brother was very studious and independent and career-oriented -- he even has draft resumes and cover letters he completed in college, to prepare him for this very moment -- but he now seems to be wrought with so much anxiety about the prospect of job hunting that he can't even bring himself to open those documents on his own.
So far, he has not applied anywhere or reached out to any of his professional/college contacts.
I have tried helping him try to see it in baby steps (e.g., "today all we need to do is work on this section of the resume, then we'll take the next step as it comes") but I'm afraid my patience is running thin. He easily comes up with excuses to delay the next "step" for as long as possible.
I understand that this is a big, scary, adult thing for him. But I also want him to kick his butt into gear because it's time for him to start paying his student loans, which are too big a cost for my parents to bear.
How can I be the best life/career coach for him right now? If you were in his position, what would you want to hear from your older sibling that would ease your anxieties and give you the confidence to take control of the situation?