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My feeling is that I wouldn't try to equate SAHMing to a job on a resume, I just don't feel like that will be received well by employers. I guess it depends on what kind of field she's in, but for me, having worked in software development, having a big statement about how I did my families budget doesn't really say much about my ability to design software. My plan is to just put a statement on the resume in the employment section on how I've chosen to stay home with my children during an important time in their lives and perhaps what I've done during that time to stay current in my field.
Anyway, just my thoughts, I'm interested to see what others say.
I have to say I'm suprised. I'm the Director of HR at a large organization and not only do we get resumes with SAHMing emphasized, I generally give them an extra look. But perhaps that's just because our culture is very family centered.
Well, see, I don't think one needs to conceal it - one can certainly indicate that one is returning to the workforce after several years as a stay-at-home parent, and do so in a positive way.
One just doesn't need to dress it up develop a little 'job description' for it. In some ways, it makes it seem less valid, not more so: kind of like it's only valuable and worthy of respect if you can make it seem just like an office job. For sure in an interview, say "my skills are current, and if anything, my time management and multi-tasking skills have been improved by spending the last four years as a stay-at-home parent."
Just wanted to jump in here and say what I did.
My mom suggested that instead of putting SAHM, that I put the dates and say "family obligation".
Everyone has had family obligations and she suggested that I explain it at the interview, if asked about it. I did get the interview, and was asked, explained what I did, and got the job.
|My feeling is that I wouldn't try to equate SAHMing to a job on a resume, I just don't feel like that will be received well by employers.|
Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
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