If you’re looking for a job and you want to check out some stay-at-home mom resume tips and examples, I have a few for you below:
Starting Your Stay at Home Mom Resume
First, look for a job you know you’re good at or you‘re highly interested in.
Before starting your resume, pick the jobs that you know you can do OR if you don’t have enough experience in it, choose something that you’re interested in doing and you see yourself doing it for quite some time. You have to know first the job scope to frame your mind to start writing your resume.
Read thoroughly the job responsibilities.
Don’t just make a generic resume for sending to all. You have to tailor your resume to each and every company that you’re applying for.
If they belong to the same industry, then it’s okay to use the same resume. But I highly suggest you read thoroughly the job description first then tweak and tailor, even just for a little bit, your resume for it.
Check the keywords that they’re using in the job description
I have a friend who works as a recruiter for different multinational companies. To make things efficient in their job, they use a system that screens resumes for certain keywords that are provided by their customers – the hiring managers or employers.
They will put in the keywords in the job description and the system will automatically give them the resumes or applications that have those keywords and disregard the others
And that’s why you have to read the job description thoroughly, to check if you can use some of keywords there and include them in your resume.
List down any transferable skills you have that are relevant to the job
Now that you’ve gone through a potential employer’s job description, it’s time to check your skills that you can use to potentially get the job done and start formatting your resume.
Create a Resume Summary or Resume Objective
A resume summary or objective, is like an introduction to your full resume. It’s like your unique selling proposition that demonstrates your skills, accomplishments or the goals you want to achieve in the job you’re applying for.
If you have extensive experience in a certain field and you want to continue in that industry, go for a resume summary. Highlight your years of industry experience, the achievements you’ve previously had and your most valuable skills that are useful for the job you’re applying for.
Below is the right example of a resume summary:
It’s specific, it shows an achievement(s), and it’s focused on the job one is applying for.
Below is the wrong way to do it:
If you were the hiring manager, what resume example would you notice first? I’m pretty sure the top one.
On the other hand, if you have little to no experience for a job you’re applying for, stick to a resume objective. Summarize why you’re the right person for the job and include the skills you can offer that will benefit the potential employer.
Here’s a sample of the right and wrong way to write a resume objective:
What Type of Resume Should You Have
I almost feel like a recruiter for knowing this (I actually kinda worked as one before, long story) but there are different types of resume formats you can use when applying for a job. The most popular one is the reverse chronological resume.
It’s the type of resume where you list down your previous/ latest work experience, down to your very old jobs or very first job.
If you’ve been a stay-at-home mom for a few years, this can emphasize the gap in your employment (even if you have a strong experience/background in a certain industry).
I suggest not using this resume format and instead, go for a hybrid resume.
A hybrid resume will also serve those that have a limited work experience or are trying to change careers.
What is a Hybrid Resume and How to Create One
A hybrid resume starts with your skills and accomplishments but still has that traditional reverse chronology work history presentation, where each position is a summary that outlines your responsibilities and accomplishments.
Here’s a sample format below:
That’s how a hybrid resume looks like. You start with what you have to offer, put in your skills then you list down your work history.
List down every transferable skill you have.
Think of all your experience, your skills, your accomplishments and basically anything that might be helpful or related to the job you’re applying for.
Include any freelance work, projects, training, workshops, or even hobbies that might be relevant to the job. If you’re just learning or attending an online class to learn a specific skill that’s related to the job, include that as well. Add any volunteer work that you’ve done as a parent as well.
If you feel that your experience is lacking or your skills list is not enough, include your stay-at-home experience. Now is not the time to be shy about it. There might be some duties that you have performed as a parent that might translate well into the job.
Think of everything you’ve done as a parent and focus on those skills that are easily transferable to a particular job, like say, planning, budgeting, researching, multi-tasking, conflict resolution, organization and many more!
Use the job description as basis in editing your resume
After listing down all your relevant skills for the job, it’s now time to edit and tweak your resume.
Use the job description as a basis for editing your resume. Look at the words included in it and figure out the keywords that are highly relevant to the job you’re applying for. Include that in your resume or try to use a similar language when presenting and listing down your skills. Remember to only use those words that are relevant to your skills.
Create work examples
Here’s what I usually do to make potential employers notice my application most of the time – I create work examples.
When I’m applying for a job where I’m clearly underqualified, I research the company, read the job description thoroughly and create some samples for them.
Say for example, I’m trying to apply as a social media copywriter for a makeup company. I don’t have past work examples related to that industry so what I’ll do is, I’ll look at their website and their existing social media profiles. I’ll then come up with a one month social media calendar template then put in sample copy and images that’s good for a week’s content.
Most of the time, I get an interview even if I’m underqualified or I don’t have enough experience for the job.
It’s the extra things that you do, that actually gets you noticed.
Resume Builders and Templates
There are websites and services that can help you quickly and easily format the right resume for you.
Here are a few examples:
Check out this stay-at-home mom resume example below:
If you want to see resume examples from 500 popular job positions, click the link below:
If you already have a resume but you want a professional to review it, you can also have a free resume review in the link below:
Remember to be honest about your skills and to not exaggerate or inflate an accomplishment. Just tell it as it is and if you can back it up by numbers and examples, that would be so much better.
Happy job hunting mama and good luck!