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Mommy on Duty
Or the boring title Stay-At-Home-Mom
Whatever you choose to describe the incredible work we do, either of those titles listed on a resume or cover letter is a sure fire way to get your application tossed into the wastebasket (or recycle bin). So what do you do when you are a Domestic Diva seeking to re-enter the work place?
Like many first-time parents, it was important for my partner and I to have one of us remain at home and provide full time care for our daughter during her first year of life. The reason I was solicited to serve as the Domestic Goddess was due to my stunning post-natal figure and the fact I made a series of poor employment choices and at that time had a totally crap job.
Things were going splendid for us and I began to re-think that whole Women’s Liberation thing, and then one day I glanced at our bank account and determined it was time to go back to work – STAT! After all, we reside in the heart of one the of the Nation’s most expensive cities and Domestic Diva’s are only for the brilliantly rich (not moderately poor).
Time to find a job! No sweat, I have an MBA and years of work experience, this should be a piece of cake. I’ll just go back to work… during the worst economy or country has known in over a generation.
Now what to do about that year gap on my resume? Should I just state that I have been home with my beautiful baby? NO! NO! and NO!
Here is why I learned never tell a potential employer you were home with a baby:
1) It literally translates to: You care more about your personal choices than you would our company.
2) You will take time off from work to tend to a sick child, losing site of your bottom line.
3) If you are able to land an interview, employers may inquire about your child care and how it may affect your availability
So what should you do?
1) Volunteer: If you are able to volunteer one evening or weekend, this could aid in explaining your work hiatus, while retaining your skills
2) Virtual Assistant: This is the best fit for a domestic goddess, allows you to retain work experience at your own pace and keeps your resume current with employment
3) Add Mom on duty to your resume: If you have been an at home parent for several years, consider adding those skills to your resume, i.e.: managing home budget, planning events, etc.
I hope this help all those Mommies on Duties facing the daunting task of finding employment during this economic crisis, when many employers are not considering reviewing the skills of the unemployed.
Guest blogger, Chanda is a 30-something former community organizer, turned free-lancer and part-time blogger (causereaction.blogspot.com). I am a true east-coaster, meaning; I have lived in six states between North Carolina and Maine. Currently, I reside in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with my partner and amazing daughter.