Have you ever wondered why there are so fewer female standup comedians? Some say it is because ugly men rely on their comedy skills through their formative years in order to function in society, others say that women are attractive and it is harder to find attractive people funny.
However, a common thread as to why there are fewer female standup comedians seems to be that when women do stand up, they do stand up about being female and/or living a female life, whereas men do stand up about anything from dating to dungeon crawling.
The point of this garrulous introduction is that if you are writing a resume as a stay-at-home mom, don’t focus on the fact you are a stay-at-home mom. Let your knowledge, experience, intellect, charisma, and outright kind nature be your selling point.
Talk of being a stay-at-home mom can be saved for the second or third interview. Here are a few tips from the people at https://www.resumeble.com
Are You Planning on Rejoining the Workforce?
The answer to this question will determine the direction your resume takes. If you are planning on working from home or working part-time, then things like career goals and long-term goals are probably not important.
On the other hand, if you are looking to work from home or work part-time, then you need to sell yourself as a perfect short-term fit with a long-term view.
Your Skills Haven’t Dulled
It takes a lot less time than you think to get back up to speed with your career. You may feel a little blinded by the technology and how things have changed in just a few short years, but it is only the first few weeks where things feel weird.
After a while, it will just feel like work. With that in mind, do not try to play up or down how quickly you can get back into the swing of things. Just like any new starter, they are going to expect you to be unproductive for a few weeks while you get back up to speed.
Put Your Best Qualities Front and Center
If your best job was years ago, mention it pretty early. If you have some experience that is amazing, but it was a few jobs ago, still put it in a very prominent position where everybody can see it.
There is this myth that your most recent job should be your best, and where that is preferable, it doesn’t have as much effect as you think. For example, if you walked on the moon ten years ago, but for the last three years you have been working as a waiter, people will still want to know that you are a moonwalker before wanting to know you were a dessert trolley walker.
Add In Your Best Personal Qualities
Do not underestimate the personal qualities that really appeal to employers. For example, in minimum wage jobs, the thing managers and HR teams hate the most are sick days, so mentioning that you never really get sick or take sick days will really help you.
Some managers really hate people who have to keep being prompted to work, so mentioning that you are a great self-starter in your resume is going to be very helpful to you.
Don’t Play the Superhero Angle
You may be very proud of being a parent but having parenting experience doesn’t also make you a coach, timekeeper, organizer and multi-tasker. You can say how parenting has matured you, and how you are now more efficient with your time because you have to be, but don’t play up the parenting thing too much.
The HR staff over thirty will probably understand how your parenting experience has changed you, but the 18yr old HR resume checker may completely misinterpret what you are trying to put across and so discard your resume as a result.
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