Here is, in my humble opinion, an accurate resume for stay at home mom. If you’re worried about what to put on your resume later on, hopefully this will give you some ideas. :) And before you get that interview, you can learn to take a compliment.
Resume (n): a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous experience
When I was in college, traveling around Europe, and then planning my career I often thought about my resume. How it needed to look full and well-rounded. Or maybe it was hyper-specific. Anyway, it seemed like what I looked like on paper really was important.
And then I got pregnant with my first – surprise! – and then I become a stay-at-home mom. When I began having a stay-at-home-mom identity crisis, I suddenly cared how having a big fat hole in my resume was going to look to future employers.
Now, six years later, I’m not worried one iota about my resume. I’m not worried about what it says I did or didn’t do. Or that it doesn’t show awards or promotions or accomplishments. I’m not worried because after four years of being a stay at home mom I am very confident of two things…
Mom Problem Solving Worksheet
- pinpoint an issue
- draw out how it’s affecting you
- label what you don’t like about it
- determine areas of responsibility
- figure out how it’s showing up
- say what you’d rather happen
- brainstorm solutions
Being at home with small kids is dang hard work.
And I’m way more capable than I previously thought.
So, stay at home mom, if and when you decide to go into the work force don’t feel insecure you took a few years out. I’ve created a resume for you that you may feel free to copy, paste, and personalize.
Go forth into the marketplace and see how this season of life at home has actually helped you become a better version of you. Because, after all, children are not in the way.
A Stay at Home Mom Resume
Rachel Norman, B.A., M.S.
Director of Child Development
Accomplished, seasoned professional with years of experience and track record of proven success in meeting daily, monthly, and yearly goals (goals may include diaper changes, bedtimes, and aiding memorization of ABCs).
An ambitious self-starter who can be counted on to meet deadlines (30 seconds to make it to the potty) and perform well under stress (running a home by day and multiple night feedings postpartum by night).
Skills in the following areas:
- Communication (interpretation, sign language, lecturing, etc.)
- Mediation (negotiating, bargaining, and bribing)
- Analytical/Research skills (a worried mother does better research than the FBI, no?)
- Managing Multiple Priorities (feed, shop, cook, make lists, cuddle, and surf FB simultaneously)
- Planning/Organizing (meal planning, setting routines, corralling toys, sorting Lego)
- Problem Solving (why are they waking, what will they eat, how to get them to stop whining, how to eat candy without being seen)
- Teamwork (dividing tasks, delegating chores, gaining cooperation from the uninspired)
The Norman Household, 2011 – 2019
Director of Child Development
- Coordinated education curriculum of children (books, flashcards, Sesame Street)
- Oversaw emotional development (cuddled, praised, and kissed boo boos)
- Supported gross and fine motor skills (helped roll over, crawl, walk, and hold crayons)
- Oversaw operations of all systems and procedures (laundry, shopping, cleaning, transportation)
- Budgeted for and allocated appropriate expenditures (groceries, mortgage, insurance, bills, Reese’s Cups)
- Delegated operational tasks to promote equal division of labor (chore charts, daily cleaning routines)
Officer in Charge of Waste Management
- Conducted performance tests on various vehicles for waste removal (expensive disposable, cheap disposable, pocket cloth diapers, prefold)
- Developed systems for waste disposal to minimize odor
- Hosted daily events showcasing table manners and utensil usage (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Taught and required subordinates to perform acts of gratitude (thank you notes and verbal thank you’s)
- Helped introduce young men to the lost art of chivalry (opening doors, carrying groceries, looking after sisters)
- Organized socials and parties (birthday parties, play dates, babysitting swaps)
- Coordinated with brands to back events (Frozen plates, clowns for hire, M&M’s)
- Created milestone celebration events (first time using potty!, first time sleeping through the night!, first time riding bike!)
Obviously this isn’t something you will copy and paste… but use the bones of this to fill out a resume.
Self-Care Habit Tracker
Do you forget to sleep, bathe, eat, relax, etc.? NO MORE. This tracker will help you consistently live within your limits so you have more love to give to your family.
While you may not have worked in a while, you have likely been using certain skills you built on during your years of work. Think about more than a “job” and add that stuff into the mix.
So there you go… be blessed mama.