New Mom Resume: Part 2

New Mom Resume: Part 2After taking time off to raise children, many moms feel discouraged about their prospects of re-entering the workforce. We all know that being a mom is the hardest job in the world, but making employers see that, despite the smell or spit-up on your clothes and mac-n-cheese in your hair, you’re still highly qualified. In fact, being a mom may give us new perspective and renewed value in the workplace. Your new mom resume should reflect your skills and relevant experiences professionally and honestly.

Yesterday we discussed what NOT to put on your new mom resume, such as cute job titles with descriptions of your motherly duties, and what NOT TO FORGET to put on your new mom resume, including charitable work, freelance projects, volunteering, continued education and professional development. Today we’re offering advice on how to organize your new mom resume and other ways to use motherhood as an asset as you look for employment.

Organizing Your New Mom Resume

Most experts believe that a combination format resume is appropriate for new moms re-entering the workforce. This balances your career goals summary, qualifications, skills, work experience and education in a blended resume. It takes the focus off of the gap that would be highly noticeable if you used a traditional chronological resume format. It also doesn’t look like you’re hiding anything by not listing your employment dates at all, which would be a red flag to potential employers.

A combination new mom resume may begin with a brief summary of your career goals and then list out your core qualifications and skills related to the type of job you are seeking. Next it would list your related activities (the projects you may have done during your time off work) and your previous employment, including dates. Finally, list your education. There is not one right way to create a resume so play around with the format to ensure your strengths shine through.

Looking for Employment as a New Mom

There is no denying that your life has changed since you had children. Own the new woman that you are now that you’ve added mother to your life’s resume. That means being honest with potential employers about your time out of the workforce to raise your children, which can be briefly explained in a cover letter and in interviews. It is respectable to explain why there is an employment gap, how you kept yourself relevant in your field and how you can add value to a company. Ultimately, if the employer is only willing to hire someone who currently holds a position, you won’t be any worse off for this truthful approach.

Perhaps equally as important as your resume is using your new mom networking skills to find employment. Reach out to people you know and follow leads to make connections that could lead you to the perfect position for you. Never turn down a meet-and-greet opportunity or informational interview that could spark new ideas of where to seek employment. It only takes one magic connection to land your dream job.

Also, when you meet with people face-to-face, you may have a natural opportunity to intertwine the “mom-genuity” you’ve gained through motherhood into the conversation. This shows that being a mom is an asset to what you can bring to the workplace and one that can and should be valued by employers.

Sources: SheKnows, Monster, AdWeek, The Muse and Resume Genius