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

posted 6 months ago in Career
Post # 16
9210 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I just googled this and I wouldn’t cringe at it if I saw it on a resume that came across my desk:

I agree with PPs in advising against mentioning adulting skills like organization/budgeting. Focus on the facts and that will come across as genuine and honest.

Post # 18
752 posts
Busy bee

To note your other point about covering expenses for them on a home -Hard no on lending/giving money to family. I know they struggled with fertility but she made the choice after having her child to be a stay at home mom. 

Post # 19
791 posts
Busy bee

notmeeither :  Googling the question, I found an example with a single short phrase explaining the gap as “Sabbatical to raise children”. Also, there are free online courses and certifications which she can cite in her resume under “skills” to demonstrate fluency.

Post # 20
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

notmeeither :  PP have good points.  

Just wanted to add that you are assuming the reason she isn’t getting any interviews is because of the gap.  Honestly if I saw a gap like this in a woman of child-rearing years, I would assume it was relating to motherhood before anything else.  

What if it’s her skills?  Her presentation of the rest of the resume? 

I would suggest she speak to a careers counsellor and professional resume writer to ensure there is nothing else, not accounted for. 

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