In India, the job market is very challenging and most middle class and lower class families struggle to get a decent job. It is hard for parents and elder siblings to see their son/daughter or brother/sister trying in vain to get their first job.
We should understand that gone are the days that a job meant a job for life. The current geopolitical and financial situations make it difficult for everyone to have a secure job always.
As a family, we need to instill self-confidence, patience and self-esteem in the unemployed. We should closely monitor their job application process and their basic approach to searching a job. We should help them understand the differences between a dream job and a basic but real job. Many youngsters want a good job at the beginning itself, so ignore the lesser paying good opportunities.
We should give them personal or professional help as to how to get their CVs in order, register on online portals, keep a look out for walk-in interviews etc. We should also ensure that they are updated with the skills and knowledge, if it means going for another short-term course, we can help find the fundings for them.
Most important is for the family to tap into their contacts to see if there is an opening at firms/offices of their clients, business partners, friends etc. This personal contact/networking will have a better chance of success in India. If time and funds permit, we need to encourage them to be a part-time employee, volunteer or an apprentice for a short period instead of sitting idle.
We should support them emotionally, financially and socially. Unemployed youth and friends often may feel embarrassed to ask or take finance assistance, we need to be proactive on these issues. The family members and their friends can be the best interview coaches for the loved ones. We can guide them about how to prepare for the interview, for selection exams, how to anticipate and answer questions. It is common practice also to facilitate the process of the landing the first job, we should explore this option too.
In short, we should the extra brains, eyes, and ears for the unemployed family member apart from being a pillar giving support.