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Mom Offers $500 If You’ll Please, Please Give Her Daughter a Job - Is she helping or coddling her daughter?

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Mom Offers $500 If You’ll Please, Please Give Her Daughter a Job

by Janelle Harris

The economy is doing better? Oh. OK then. That’s news to some of us whose positions have recently been katana chopped (including this gal right here. You can’t see me, but I’m pointing to myself). But the headliner in the cast of seemingly normal but evidently freakishly unemployable people is 36-year-old Lisa Smith, who has been out of work since last summer. But not for much longer. Not if her mama, Linda, has her way.

So committed is she to getting her daughter a j-o-b that the elder Ms. Smith has issued an irresistible offer to all of you power networkers out there: take her daughter's resume and get $500 in cold cash if she gets hired. Or maybe a check or PayPal transfer. Anyway, you gotta love an incentive.

That’s not all. Mommy Dearest has also stood with a sign on a busy intersection in her California neighborhood and passed out Lisa’s resume. She took 80 with her and only 11 were taken, but she’s not the least bit deterred. She’s confident that all of this inventive marketing and advertising will put her daughter’s skill set in the hands of some benevolent human resource decision-maker out there.

Most recently, Lisa was caretaker to her mother, who suffered a brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver in 1996. She’s been a doting daughter up until last year, when her mom was finally able to care for herself and live on her own. Which explains why Linda is trying to help her girl child step back into the land of the gainfully employed. Kind of like an uber thoughtful version of tit-for-tat.

The warm, fuzzy results: it’s working. Well, sort of. Lisa has a job interview on Friday (cross your fingers, you guys! And squeeze your eyes real tight for hope). And even if that doesn’t work out, people have been contacting her by email and Facebook to ask for her resume and find out what they can do to help.

Of course, this effort isn’t without its critics, but I think it’s a kindhearted gesture. If you’ve ever found yourself in an employment dry spell—the kind that whittles your self-confidence down to the nubs because you’ve hit “send” on an unacknowledged resume/cover letter combo one too many times—you know that an effort like this can be appreciated. So good luck to America’s Most Well-Intentioned Mom and her daughter. Oh, and the person who scores the $500 for helping them get her a gig.

Do you think Lisa’s mother is helping her daughter or coddling her?

by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:02 PM

 I think I would never hire someone who had a mom like that. Seems like mom is just too involved in things that really are not her place to be in. I would be concerned that she would be nagging me as the employer or be in my face everytime her daughter was upset with work etc...NO THANKS

by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Quoting CoolRelax:

Good intentions, horrible delivery. 

I agree, if her mom wants to help, then her mom could file applications that only accept them online, while her daughter hits the pavement and go to places that take physical applications.  Help her mail out tons of resumes, because two working together can file more. No employer is going to hire her daughter doing this, at least no long term employer.  It makes for a nice story on what you would do for the love of your child, but won't be helpful to her child's future.

by Anonymous 8 on Mar. 7, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Under the circumstances mom is being sweet. Her girl helped her and now she is helping.

by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM

ok when i first saw the title i thought it was a mom getting a job for her teen daughter.  under these conditions I think that the odd ball way is getting her dd noticed and the part about having to help her dm recover from a drunk driver induced brain injury has its own appeal. I hope it works.  it sounds like a grateful mom willing to do whatever it takes to help her daughter. I think it is cool.

by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 12:18 AM

missed the age.. was just browsing, adn saw the 500$ offer for giving her kid a job. still think it is hurting her daughter. I dont care situation or age, it is still really bad to have mommy offering to pay people to hire you. 

Quoting Nicole.Brown:

shes not a kid though shes 36.. wth

Quoting TippyD:

This is what is wrong with kids now adays. . Let her put job applications in, if she gets a job, she gets a job, if not, KEEP LOOKING AND QUIT HAVING YOUR MOM BRIBE PEOPLE TO GET YOU A JOB!!

by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 1:42 AM


by Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Help the Moms in need.

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