I’m worried about my resume. I love being a stay at home mom, but eventually I’d like to get back into the business world to make money again. What should I do to keep my resume from having a big empty gap in it?.Signed – Cathy Career. Dear Cathy,Don’t fret. There are plenty of ways to keep your resume hopping. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking.
Not many people are aware of this, but, if you live in the United States, there’s a Presidential Volunteer Service Award that you can earn for the time you are spending volunteering in your kids’ activities. Whether you’re helping at school or through Scouts, you can earn this award. Although it isn’t business related, it does show an employer that you are motivated and dedicated.
Or you can find leadership positions where you can volunteer. Titles like the President of the PTA, School Fundraising Coordinator, or a Board of Directors for an Organization look great on your resume, plus you’re setting a wonderful example for your children.
2. Go Back to School.
If you’ve wanted to get your degree or an advanced degree like an MBA, you can now do it online. While baby is sleeping, you can study and take your tests. It’s not easy, but it also shows that you had incentive during the empty time on your resume.
3. Build a Business.
Look into ways you can build your own business. If you do the legwork while baby is young and get the foundation built, then you can either sell the business or choose to jump in with both feet once you face going back on the career path.
4. Be an Activist.
Make a name for yourself fighting for a cause you believe in. Before you go on an interview, compile press releases you’ve written, interviews, and articles along with results and accommodations. When you’re asked “What have you been doing for the last five years.” You can reply, “I’ve been working to reduce child abuse by helping to pass a bill that….” Pretty impressive. And, again, you’re setting a remarkable example for your children.
Here’s my big warning. All though all of these activities will look great on your resume, they all take time. If your goal is to stay home and enjoy your children, don’t get so loaded down with volunteering, studying and helping others that you end up missing out on all the childhood wonders in your own home.