SAHM Resume

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would address it in your cover letter, and be up front about your hour limitations.  Perhaps something like, “For the past fourteen months, I have dedicated myself full-time to being the primary caregiver to my young child; this has shown me my passion for education, as I am able to devote significant attention to my child’s development and education.  In this vein, I am applying to work … “

Obviously make it sound better, but addressing what you’ve been doing AND why it spurred this decision to go back to school/work.  This phrasing only really works if you’re applying to day-care/nannying/preschool type job, though.

Good luck!

Post # 3
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

abbie017:  +1, exactly what I think you should do! 

Post # 4
3217 posts
Sugar bee

I agree with abbie017. Dont list it on the actual resume as a job, but address the gap in your cover letter. I try to remind myself that a resume isn’t just a  chronological list of everything you’ve ever done. So a gasp isn’t necessarily a kiss of death.

Post # 6
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yes, agreed with everyone else!

Post # 7
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Carmabelle:  Nothing wrong with pointing out that you were a SAHM and not just sitting around the house unemployed.  As for working with children with disabilities be prepared for an extensive background check which is required by most states before you can work with children with disabilities.

Depending on the company I would list SAHM status on the resume itself but you definitely want to address it in your cover letter.

Post # 8
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013


I’ve seen SAHM listed on resumes plenty of times so I would just do that. However, don’t list your duties as a SAHM, just put one line saying what you did from which dates, or since you are in Canada, you could just put Maternity/Parental Leave.

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