Women who take a maternity leave have always had to contend with the gap it creates on their resume. Ad agency, Mother New York, created The Pregnancy Pause to fill that misleading gap.
We all know that motherhood is more than a full-time job, yet it isn’t recognized as such in the paycheck world. The gap that this leaves on a cv can cause potential employers to balk – unfairly – and make it difficult for women to re-enter the work force. This stigma often causes women to adopt a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ mindset when it comes to explaining their maternity leave.
Yes, this is still happening, this pressure to conform to a workforce that isn’t women and family-friendly. But, come on! Why are we still made to feel as though working around the clock at raising children is something to be ashamed of? We should be able to shout it from the rooftops with pride and be heralded for this most heroic of occupations.
Ad agency Mother New York agrees. The Pregnancy Pause is not an actual company, but women can list it as such – there is even a website and LinkedIn page, and a phone number for potential employers and hiring managers to call. The website and LinkedIn pages state: “It’s time to make it clear that maternity leave – whether 12 weeks or 12 years – isn’t a vacation.”
When hiring managers call the phone number listed, they will hear a pre-recorded message:
“Hello, you have reached The Pregnancy Pause. You must be calling about a candidate’s resume that has mentioned her time spent here. While here, she spent innumerable hours raising a child, which has surely offered her invaluable experience as a prospective employee. Visit our website ThePregnancyPause.org to learn more, and remember, maternity leave is a full-time job.”
The website also provides women with a free downloadable tool kit, which includes tips on updating your LinkedIn profile, and a resume template.
Helping women choose the life they want instead of shaming them? More of this, please.