Mom Offers $500 If Youâ€™ll Please, Please Give Her Daughter a Job - Is she helping or coddling her daughter?
economy is doing better? Oh. OK then. Thatâ€™s news to some of us whose
positions have recently been katana chopped (including this gal right
here. You canâ€™t see me, but Iâ€™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.
Thatâ€™s not all. Mommy Dearest has also stood with a
sign on a busy intersection in her California neighborhood and passed
out Lisaâ€™s resume. She took 80 with her and only 11 were taken, but
sheâ€™s not the least bit deterred. Sheâ€™s confident that all of this
inventive marketing and advertising will put her daughterâ€™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. Sheâ€™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: itâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 isnâ€™t without its critics, but I think itâ€™s a kindhearted gesture. If youâ€™ve ever found yourself in an employment dry spellâ€”the kind that whittles your self-confidence down to the nubs because youâ€™ve hit â€śsendâ€ť on an unacknowledged resume/cover letter combo one too many timesâ€”you know that an effort like this can be appreciated. So good luck to Americaâ€™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 Lisaâ€™s mother is helping her daughter or coddling her?