I am often contacted by people (oftentimes mothers) who took an extended absence from the workforce to raise children. Those children get older and more self-sufficient; the stay at home moms decide they would like to return to the workplace. Oftentimes these women had good careers, working as attorneys, project managers, analysts, and technology professionals, among many other professions.
They are confounded about how to showcase their skills on their resumes. I cannot tell you how many people have said to me: “Well, I stayed home to raise my family.” As if this is any small feat. Raising a family is hard work. You’ve heard the quote, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Right, because if raising them was so easy, we would all have a really cool formula for doing so. To my knowledge, no such formula exists. My three are all completely different.
So, this brings me to the things that can be captured on a resume for a person returning to work after a long hiatus:
Here are some recommendations:
It might require some creative thinking and a different approach, but you can position yourself for re-entry and success!