I Do Everything. How Can I Translate That on a Resume? A Recruiter's Insight on: SAHM's Resume, Part 2
With Industry Insight by: Chris Wood, Consultant
Connecting the Dots through Strong Experience Bullets
Every day as a stay-at-home mom is different, challenging and incredibly important. When applying for a new position outside of the home, it is critical to communicate your work your work in a meaningful way through strong bullets in your resume. Many women I have coached discuss their time at home with a modest tone. I believe this is unnecessary and unfortunate. There is such respect for the work that mothers do and it can be advantageously showcased on your resume. If you choose to incorporate your time at home in your resume, it's important to consider the audience and what they want to see. I asked Chris Wood, Account Executive with Spencer Reed Consulting, how to navigate adding SAHM experience, he states:
“It [stay-at-home mom] is equivalent to a full-time job. Don’t try to mask it. Just relate everything to the business world. Just because the kids (employees) are much smaller/younger doesn’t mean the work isn’t as hard (if not harder).”
In essence, the recruiter and hiring manager need to see how you can connect the dots of your work as a stay-at-home mom with their needs in the position. A bullet section is an ideal place to visually connect the dots. First, you can use similar keywords used in the job description. If the employer wants someone with strong administrative skills, then reflect on the work you have done coordinating schedules, overseeing family financial expenditures, or managing child healthcare records. One of the many benefits of staying at home is you gain experience in a variety of career fields creating many opportunities to tap into transferable skills in your experience section.
Chris encourages the use of transferable skills in stating:
“The biggest concern employers have is… ‘Will this mom/candidate be able to jump back into the pace of the daily required job?’ So, really, if a Mom can just go in with confidence and ability to explain transferable job skills and/or explain how she kept up with her previous job skills, it shouldn’t be a problem.”
I’ve listed an example below to illustrate transferable skills and connecting the dots for an employer.
Listed Job Requirement:
• Provide supportive client services ensuring effective communication as a liaison between client and program administration.
Possible Bullet for SAHM:
• Led childcare services for two children overseeing academic, health and well-being to be communicated with teachers and stakeholders, building a communal support network.
An easy exercise that will help you to build strong work experience bullets is to write a quick list of everything you have done that relates to the position in which you’re applying, collage your list with the requirements listed in the job post to create a strong bullet sure to catch a recruiter’s eye in 6 seconds.
If you need help with this, or any other aspect of jumping back into the workforce, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd LOVE to help!