My DH has been our stay at home parent since I went back to work when DS was 3 months old. DS is now in school and we need DH to get a full time job. Unfortunately, the job market is really bad in our area, like the rest of country.
What advice would you give for his resume and the huge gap?
His background is retail management (was a store manager for a major video store) and his most recent job was in customer service at a major software employer in our area. This is where I still work (but no job openings), however; it looks great to have worked here on a resume.
Since becoming a SAHD he has side jobs from selling handmade things on eBay and Ren Fairs, helping edit newsletters, business cards, some magazine layouts (volunteer) and doing odd jobs working for relatives like helping them move, painting, mowing... He has plenty of wonderful references that can say he did a fine job and finished the work on time.
The only suggestion I had for him was put that he has been “Self Employed”, rather than not employed/SAHD. And perhaps emphasize the computer oriented tasks, rather than the manual labour “odd jobs” stuff. I believe he wants to find employment back in retail or customer service/call center type place.
I am just not sure. Any advice?