Returning to the workforce after being a full-time homemaker or stay-at-home mom or dad doesn’t have to be challenging. Just because you haven’t received financial payment for your skills during these months or years doesn’t mean you don’t have skills. Gain confidence, and know how to market yourself.
Of course, first you will need to get noticed to get that face-to-face interview. Smart employers look deeper than the surface when it comes to work experience. Begin to list everything you accomplish on a daily basis. It will probably surprise you to discover how many transferable skills you have attained through your position as a homemaker.
Do not sell yourself short simply because you have not received payment for your 24/7 work of running a household. Craft your own worker description by using action words to describe, in detail, what skills you have that you will be contributing to the hiring company.
Some examples of your skill list description might include:
- Managing schedules or logistics for a family of four, five, or whatever number that applies.
- Mediating disputes among siblings
- Motivating, coaching, counseling, teaching children
- Balancing priorities to establish and to implement a budget while paying invoices, reconciling accounts, shopping for clothing, food, and household supplies
- Preparing, planning, and serving nutritious meals for a family of four, five, or whatever number that applies.
- Party planning and entertaining spouse’s employers, colleagues, clients, or prospective clients
- Maintaining a clean home
- Coordinating medical care for all members of the family, maintaining records
Write out everything you do on a daily basis, and then transfer each and every skill to a work-related environment. Approach it as if it is community service or volunteer work that has contributed to the development of raising children and collaborating with a working spouse, or partner, to operate a smooth-running household.
There are many reasons why a potential employer may or may not look at an application and give a chance for an interview. The most important thing is to keep your head held high. Your attitude toward what you have accomplished, and the ability to consolidate it into an impressive elevator speech presentation might just be the key to nabbing a paying job.