If you’re a stay-at-home mom and ready to get back to work or land your first job, you have to create a resume or dust off the one you have to highlight your skills and experience. Yes, even your mom-skills.
Are you hesitating to apply for a work-from-home job or corporate America job because it’s been a while since you’ve worked or never worked at all and feel like you don’t have the right skills to land a job? Dear reader you are not alone.
I’ve talked to moms who want to go back to work but hesitate for two reasons:
- There’s a gap in employment and they feel a company won’t even consider them.
- They don’t think they have the skills compared to other candidates with skills gained by work experience.
I think it’s safe to say that these are common concerns for other moms, too.
Can you believe there are some moms out there who feel they don’t have the right kind of skills to offer an employer?
Here’s my take on that and if you’re one of those moms who feel she doesn’t have much to offer a company because she’s “just a stay-at-home mom” – consider this.
I believe you have just as much to offer as the next person applying for the same job – heck maybe even more so. It takes some serious skills to manage a household and raise kids. And just because your customers may be three feet tall and your main office happens to be in a kitchen – doesn’t mean you can’t perform a job in corporate America.
Are you ready to start working? Well, I’m going to show you how you can translate your stay-at-home mom skills into office-ready skills that will land you an interview for the job you want.
You might be thinking it’ll be difficult to do since you a, have little experience or b, have no experience at all. But I’m here to tell you there is a way. I’m about to show you how you can put a resume together with stay-at-home mom skills.
First, how to translate your mom skills and talents and go from romper room to conference room.Working moms, stay-at-home moms, they're both extremely hard jobs. Hilary Rosen #quoteClick To Tweet
Translate Your Mom Skills
When a recruiter or hiring manager reads your resume, he or she does not want to see layman’s terms like “drove kids to school and made sure they were on time.” Not too impressive, right? But if you reword it differently, there’s a chance you’ll catch someone’s attention.
Here’s an if-then table of the most common “mom skills” and how to translate them.
If you… Then you have…
|Get the kids to school on time|
Pay the bills on time
Can do more than one thing at a time
|Time management skills|
|Plan meals for the week|
Get the kid’s clothes ready for the school week
Plan kid’s activities
Make sure everything is put in its place
|Can compose a professional email|
Discuss your child’s conduct and grades with his or her teacher
Can give your child instructions that is easy for he or she to understand
|Helping kids with homework|
Teaching a teen to drive
Make sure your kids practice good manners
|If you’re searching online for parenting tips|
Looking for ways to homeschool your child
Highlight Your Experience Whether You have Some or None
The next thing to do is highlight your experience whether you have some or none. Here’s what I mean.
There are three things you want to focus on when you have little to no experience – that’s your skills, volunteer work and if applicable, any freelance work you’ve done.
When listing your skills make sure to detail ever-ree-thing like how much you know about computers, how fast you can type, if you’re familiar with software like Microsoft Office, if you know about different social media platforms – I mean everything. If you don’t have a lot of work history, then impress them with your skills and talents. This is also a great confidence building exercise because you get to see what you’re good at on paper.
Put down any volunteer work you might have done. Say you’ve helped out at your kid’s school, at your church. And just like you would with employment history, be sure to list where you volunteered, dates along with details about what your responsibilities are or were. The more information you can provide the better.
The same goes for any freelance projects you’ve done.'Being a working mom is not easy. You have to be willing to screw up at every level' - Jami GertzClick To Tweet
Seal the Deal with an Honest Cover Letter
What will really seal the deal for you to land an interview is what you say in your cover letter. If you’ve been out of work or entering the workforce for the first time you should mention it in your cover letter. I mean, there is no use hiding it if your resume is going to show the gap. It’s best to be upfront about it.
I know being out of the workforce for any amount of time is going to feel like forever, but don’t let that stop you for applying to a job you know you’re perfect for.
There is a way to mention your absence from work on a cover letter.
I came across a website called Moms Back to Work. They shared some cover letter examples in different scenarios. Such as if you’ve been out of the workforce for a brief time, extended period of time, if you worked from home or if you’ve never worked at all. It’s perfect. Click here to check out the sample cover letters.
Over to You
If you’re ready to get back into the workforce whether is a work-from-home or in-office job, I hope these tips will help you put a rockin’ resume together to land the job you want!
If you know a mom who is ready to get back to work but struggling with her resume because she’s not sure what to put on it, please share this post with her.
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