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Resume for a stay at home mom.

Asked by SuperMouse (30814points) June 24th, 2008

I’ve been a stay at home mom for a while now and it is time to get a job. Any ideas on how to rebuild a resume nearly 10 years after I’ve held a job outside the house?

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sferik's avatar

What type of jobs will you be applying for? What you can put on your resume depends on the type of job.

SuperMouse's avatar

I was approved for a work-study job at the college I attend. The jobs the have available are mostly administrative assistant type postions.

mzgator's avatar

Well…as a stay at home mom for the last 10 years you certainly have administrative skills,and many many more.

You will get the job, with no problems. I had a friend who applied for a job after being home with the kids for 15 years. She was honest in her resume during that time period, and listed some of the things she did while she stayed home. They hired her. Good luck!

sferik's avatar

Many colleges have a Career Center with counselors who can help you write a resume tailored to the job for which you’re applying. I’d recommend talking to them.

In general, mzgator’s advice to be honest about what you’ve been doing is good. I’m sure you’ve been doing more than you realize. For example, while you’ve been a stay-at-home mom, you’ve contributed 70 answers to Fluther. I think that’s pretty impressive. I’m sure there are other, similarly impressive things you’ve done that are resume-worthy.

whatthefluther's avatar

Stress the admin skills you honed over the last 10 years including:
maintaining a calendar of appointments
perhaps organizing a sports team or scout group
preparing flyers or newsletters

osullivanbr's avatar

If it’s the fact that you’re worried that it will look like you’ve done nothing for the last ten years, that is not at all an issue. I’ve seen plenty of CVs with just this kind of information on it and it doesn’t matter at all. The people hiring for jobs do understand that sometimes life does happen.

Just like mzgator said, be honest. You are applying for the perfect job, all the guys here are right. The administration skills you would have had to have to be a stay-at-home mom for ten years are far more beneficial than anything you can learn in a class room.
OK. I’m rambling now. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

steveakimbo's avatar

Look at your time at home and all that you’ve done. Did the roof need replacing? That’s project management, hiring, supervising, budgeting. Anyone that’s worked with contractors knows that they don’t manage themselves. If you’d like to play to your experience, look into home management, estate management, real estate management, those sorts of jobs. You could help run a rental home community, or perhaps a high-earning divorcee needs help running her home & kid. Penelope Trunk mentioned something like this.

Dr_Phil's avatar

CNN published results of research done at It stated that “The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, the company concluded, and works at least 10 jobs. In order of hours spent on them per week, these are: housekeeper, day-care center teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and psychologist. By figuring out the median salaries for each position, and calculating the average number of hours worked at each, the firm came up with $138,095—three percent higher than last year’s results.”

That alone should make any stay at home mom feel valued. this should help. in this Link you can ask this question. Good Luck.

marinelife's avatar

Be sure to include your keyboarding speed and any computer software that you use. Word processor? Spreadsheet? Database? Graphics? Other?

Good luck.

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