I have been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, and during that time I have also owned and operated my own photography business. I have also volunteered through the school PTO organizations and have acquired skills along the way. Although I love being a stay-at-home mom, I find that I must return to the working world.
How can I put together a successful resume when I have not officially been working? I do not have "references" to speak of and I don't even know where I would look for a job. Can you help? –Lisa
Lisa, before you start working on your resume, you need to figure out what type of job you will apply for. My theory is: Your resume is about your future, not your past. Once you know your job objective, you’ll be in a position to create a resume that contains the experience (paid and unpaid), skills, and personality that supports your career goal.
Here’s a product that might help you with the initial step of figuring out what job you want next: The Back-to-Work Toolkit, a Guide for Comeback Moms by Nancy Collamer.
The Toolkit is composed of:
- A downloadable PDF, which can be printed and read in hardcopy OR can be used as a reference tool on your computer, allowing you to take advantage of the many hyperlinks in the text
- Four audio interviews with job search experts
- Membership in an online forum for job-seeking moms
Nancy Collamer is a career counselor and founder of the Jobs and Moms Career Center. Her Toolkit costs $39.95.
To see sample resumes of parents re-entering the workforce, click here.