Resumes for SAHM...

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I've decided to apply for some part time jobs. I've been a SAHM for 8 years now. What the hell do I put on my resume?

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Nikki - posted on 06/22/2011

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Most of it you can cover in your cover letter, do a quality based resume versus a chronological one.

This is an excert from my cover letter.

"My resume, which is enclosed, details my background. Although I have been out of the workforce for several years, I have hardly been idle. As a hospital volunteer, college student, wife, and mother, I have dealt with a wide variety of people. In every case, I assess the individual’s needs and how to address them most effectively.
As a very active consumer, I am well aware of the importance of prompt, attentive serviceand painfully aware that it is rare these days. If you’re looking for a hard worker and quick learner to provide superior service and to promote client satisfaction, you’ve found one."

you could also include managing finances, sticking to strict deadlines, and negotiating skills on your resume.

Amber - posted on 06/22/2011

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I'm in the same boat. My interview is Friday :-/ Eeek! lol

I was in college while staying home for the last 5 years. So, I used that as one of my reasons, but still put work experience from before staying home.
I also did some volunteer work. I put committee or group positions (like Girl Scouts leader for my niece) that I held while not working too.

I pointed out the skills that come from juggling as a SAHM. Things like multitasking, solving problems diplomatically, maintaining a household budget, time management....etc.

You can really tie things like that into a cover letter. Talk about being a SAHM and the duties required of you in the same way that you would if it were a regular job.

So far, that's working for me. I've only been looking a month and I've had 3 interviews. Good luck :)

Sara - posted on 06/22/2011

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Yeah, no offense Nichole, but that generally is not a good route to go. You can be honest with people about being a stay at home mom, they'll understand. I personally wouldn't want to start off a relationship with a future employer with a lie.

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Good luck Lisa!

I was going to say the same type of information: education, prior work experience, any community volunteering. Also include a cover letter explaining your purpose of the specific job you are applying for. The cover letter also can provide a singular statement about your enthusiasm about returning the work force after several years away from a formal position outside of the home. (A very tactful way to word "I was a SAHM") I just tweaked a friend's resume & cover letter, and I'd be happy to edit/proofread your if you like. I must be good at resumes & cover letters because over the past 2-3 years, a lot of friends, and friends of my sister have sent my their resumes/cover letters to edit.

Tara - posted on 07/31/2011

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This is what I put when I went back to work after 4.5 years as a sahm.
2001-2005
Position: Manager
Employer: Family
Responsibilities: Scheduling, administrative duties such as booking appointments, arranging transportation. Household duties such as but not limited to, cleaning, laundry, dusting, repairs and maintenance. Negotiations and human resources, complaint resolution, communication and supervision.
:) Good Luck.

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Nope, no luck. Applied for several but no one will even consider you if you can't be fully flexible it would seem.

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OK ... I've done it!

Thanks for the advice. I've sold myself the best I can for one job I'd really like. And no need to lie about part time jobs as I've technically been self employed for the past year.

For my stay at home mummy skills I put..

Established and managed household financial budget

Developed patience, tolerance and negotiating skills while exercising sound parental judgment.

Set goals and developed and executed strategies to achieve them

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I've been looking for work too Cathy and I'm having a hard time finding anything. Most applications here give space to list your past 3, sometimes 4 jobs. I always put SAHM and list the job duties it entails. Hopefully the job market is better for you than it is here. I'm not finding employers to be very receptive to the SAHM thing. Every time I've spoken with a potential employer and they've asked me about being a SAHM, they kinda give me this look like they think this whole time I've been sitting home, too lazy to work, laying on the couch eating bonbons. Good luck girl :)

Katherine - posted on 06/22/2011

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Put on there what you did 8 years ago. Then as a gap in employment put SAHM. I did that it worked out pretty well. I was only a SAHM for 2.5 years though. But really what was your experience before that?



***Edit to add: If you were involved in any extracurricular activities put that on there too. Like your kids school, you administer and moderate a website, etc....

Becky - posted on 06/22/2011

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Include a section in your resume that details the skills you have in relation to the type of job you are applying for.
Yeah, I wouldn't go with the lying! :/

Krista - posted on 06/22/2011

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Exactly, Sara. And if they find out, that gives them just cause to fire you.

I like Nikki's advice. Being a SAHM would have definitely taught you a lot of skills, Cathy. And those skills are absolutely transferable to the working world. So it's just to think of what some of those skills are.

Minnie - posted on 06/22/2011

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Thanks, Sharon! That's what I did- explained it a bit in my cover letter.

Sara - posted on 06/22/2011

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Domestic Engineer...I say that you get creative with it and let them know that even thought you didn't work outside the home, you still worked. I don't think employers mind that people have breaks in their resumes, but they need to be explained.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/22/2011

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Say you worked a part time job for the past year- make something simple up and ask your friends to lie for you lol to be the fake 'job' why not. This economy sucks and it will give you recent work experiance.

Minnie - posted on 06/22/2011

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I'm looking for a job too. I've been a SAHM for five. I just put my last three jobs, my education and my volunteer work. I've got an interview next week. I put in the objective that I was a SAHM seeking to return to the workforce yadda yadda.

Kellie - posted on 06/22/2011

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Cook
Cleaner
Peace Keeper (if more than 1 kid)
Accountant (if you do the household finances)
Taxi Driver
and I'm tired so I can't think of any more right now.

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