Post # 1
I would like a little advice. Ive been a stay at home mom for 14 months and am looking to start working part-time when I go back to school in September to get my B.Education.
I have a B.Sc. in Psychology and have since been working at a University as a Researcher. I am looking at applying to a position working with children with disabilities. The position involves implementing intervention strategies within the homes of the children.
My resume now has a 14 month gap and am wondering if I should include “Homemaker” on my resume. I would normally not include it, but as the position involves working with children I feel perhaps it is relevant.
What are your thoughts?
Post # 2
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.
Post # 3
abbie017: +1, exactly what I think you should do!
Post # 4
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 # 5
abbie017: Thanks! I think I will do just that.
Post # 6
Yes, agreed with everyone else!
Post # 7
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Carmabelle: Nothing wrong with pointing out that you were a Stay-At-Home Mom 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 Stay-At-Home Mom status on the resume itself but you definitely want to address it in your cover letter.
Post # 8
I’ve seen Stay-At-Home Mom listed on resumes plenty of times so I would just do that. However, don’t list your duties as a Stay-At-Home Mom, just put one line saying what you did from which dates, or since you are in Canada, you could just put Maternity/Parental Leave.