If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you probably haven’t given much thought to how to build a resume. No matter how much I love staying home, the day will come when I have to go back to work full time. Ideally I’ll be established in a work-at-home career, but that might not be the case for me.
It might not be the case for you.
If there’s even a remote possibility that one day you’ll have to go out into the world and look for a job—even if it’s a decade away—you need to know how to build a resume now.
The thing is, we know that we still have mad skills by being stay-at-home moms, but the rest of the world doesn’t. In fact, I even have a great work history as a financial adviser for a well-known brokerage firm and as a manager of a department overseeing 15+ employees and millions of dollars. But that doesn’t mean bupkis to an employer since that was over a decade ago.
So what do you do if you’re a stay-at-home mom and you want to know how to build a resume?
First, remember that the “career” portion of a resume is just one section. There are other things that potential employers want to know about like your transferable skills, achievements and awards. While it might seem impossible to build up those areas while you’re buried under a pile of diapers and spend a good chunk of the day chasing wee ones, there are things you can do to build your resume for the future.
How to Build a Resume if You’re a SAHM
There are many organizations you can join even if you don’t currently have a job. Some that do cater more toward business people would be happy to include people who have home-based businesses.
Here are a few ideas:
Also look for:
- Local organizations that aren’t at all geared toward professionals
- Professional organizations for the job you’d like to one day hold, or a job you’ve held in the past.
When you join an organization, don’t just join to call yourself a member. Do your best to get involved and take leadership roles. Leadership roles score bonus points on resumes!
This is an area that may overlap with organizations, but here I’m thinking more along the lines of:
- Food kitchens
- Animal shelters
- Homeless shelters
If there’s not a local organization in place that you really connect with—start one! (You had to know that was coming.)
Start a Home-Based Business
There are endless opportunities here! I’ve blogged before on how to turn your passion into profit, so no need to go over that again. Suffice it to say that if you start your own business, you’ll be gaining all kinds of transferable skills that employers are seeking.
Further Your Education
There are so many ways to further your education nowadays without having to set foot outside the house. If you can afford it, take advantage of the opportunity! Of course I wouldn’t recommend doing this aimlessly. Consider what you really want to do with your life after your stay-at-home mom life comes to an end.
If you’re at all involved in your community, you will have opportunities to develop skills and get involved in activities you can use to build your resume.
A few of the skill-building tasks I’ve done are acting as emcee at our gym’s annual gymnastics competition (public speaking) and developing the church newsletter (Publisher/computer skills.)
Take opportunities as they present themselves, especially if they’re relevant to a field you’d like to enter. If you don’t know what career you might eventually seek after your stay-at-home mom life is over, then take as many opportunities as your schedule allows.
When you’re considering how to build a resume as a SAHM, remember that potential employers want to know what you’ve accomplished during this time. For example, I’ve written books and homeschooled my kids, which shows discipline, research skills and the ability to follow through. While those might not be items that I put on an actual resume, I can certainly mention them in an interview. Think about what you’ve done during your time at home, and what skills you’ve developed.
Employers will look for activities that show:
- Computer skills (we bloggers have it made!)
- People skills
- Time management
If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you’ve got these skills and more. You may even know how to stretch a dollar ’til it screams, which many a boss would find highly attractive.
While I 100% believe in focusing on my family first, I do know the possibility exists that I’ll have to go back to work outside the home. I figure now is as good a time as any to prepare for the future!
Have you thought about how to build a resume as a SAHM?