SIL Returning to work after SAHM – 3 years inactive in her field. Red flags?

posted 2 months ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

How does she refer to her career gap on the cv? If it’s not there at all then that would put employers off. 

She should put the dates with career break to raise children. Also include the skills she’s learnt while st home. Organisation, budgeting, hostage negotiations all come time with a toddler at home. 

At 4 years she’s not a new mum anymore so isn’t in the bucket of ‘always having time off’.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes! She needs to put it on there. Otherwise recruiters will see a 4 year gap and make their own assumptions on what she has been doing. Being a Stay-At-Home Mom for 4 years is very different to couldn’t get a job for 4 years after being fired or spent 4 years in prison. Not mentioning it is a very wrong move. notmeeither :  

Post # 6
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Busy bee

notmeeither :  Suggest she check out professional organizations and any alumni networks if she attended school. Another option is go back to school for a masters with a program with a very strong placement record.

I wouldn’t recommend listing any skills related to being a stay at home mom, unless they are technical skills relevant to her profession. Personally, that would strike me as odd: budgeting and organization is just adulting. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I screen resumes and i see a lot of gaps for SAHM’s. Definitely write it for the time period so it doesn’t just look like she’s been unemployed and doing nothing. No need to write anything like skills just note it down.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So for me (when I got back to work after being a SAHM) I will use the same format as for other employment dates:  career break to raise children. 

She should def include underneth what she’s done to stay up to date. 

I personally never read cover letters. But I’m in the UK notmeeither :  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It wouldn’t be the first thing they’d think of but if it’s not included then I would at least think the reason for the gap is something they want to hide. Motherhood isn’t something to be ashamed off notmeeither :  

Post # 11
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Helper bee

This is interesting- I recruit for a school in the UK – as part of our safeguarding procedures all gaps in employment have to be accounted for.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I help with recruiting in my group.  I agree that a quick child care line that would explain the gap is a good idea, but unless she took any actual certification or training, I’d leave out making up “skills” learned by being at home that practically every adult does.  That would just flag my bullshit meter,  get a major eye roll, and get that resume tossed aside. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

notmeeither :  You are right that she needs something there, but she shouldn’t overcomplicate it.  Nobody needs an explanation of her new mom journey and I would totally roll my eyes at “I pursued the growth of my family”. Keep it simple: “Parenthood” or “Had a baby”, then this part, which is great and belongs on her resume: “focused on the developments in work subject X, watched our industry trends turn to subject Z, and refined my skills in technology/talent Y.”  Better to bullet point them or whatever format she’s using for her job-related entries. The sentance about being ready to resume her career should be in a cover letter, not the resume. 

Regarding this: “It never occurred to me that someone could think she’d spent time in jail. I’ll have to look up, as well, records of individuals with her same name.” — Are you saying you’re going to check for criminals with her name? I don’t think anyone was suggesting that and it really seems like overkill. The point was just that if she doesn’t offer an explanation for a 4-year gap, people are going to fill it in with their own ideas. The way to avoid that is NOT by saying “I am a different Jane Doe than the one who was recently released from prison,” it’s to give the perfectly normal, perfectly understandable reason.

 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Leave the gap in the resume and explain it in the cover letter. Your resume/CV is where you advertise the skills you can offer an employer. Having a baby doesn’t belong in a resume.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Terrible advice. As a recruiter I read the CV first. A 4 year gap without explanation means I won’t take the application further and won’t waste time reading the cover letter (which I hardly read anyway) 

 

leaving off off a gap makes it look like there is something to hide. A simple career break to have children is all that is needed. Horseradish :  

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