So you have been taking are of your children for 5-10+ years and want / need to get back to work….you may be thinking, “whose going hire me?” or “what in the world am I going to put on my resume for the last few years?” Well, fear not. While the journey you are about to embark on may not be as easy as giving candy to a toddler, it is be no means an impossible one. The first step is to update your resume so you can start applying to companies for a position. Here are some pointers for building your resume to re-enter the workforce:
- Begin your resume with a succinct, pointed summary indicating the type of experience you bring to the table and how you can add value to your next prospective employer.
- Include a section with key words of what you can do and have done. Having a list of key words will make your resume searchable and punctuate to a hiring manager what you can do.
- Account for your time with your activities—do not underestimate the value of being a PTA Treasurer, Boy Scout Leader, Travelling Soccer Team Coordinator or Class Mom. Sample of some of the tasks you can list are:
- Managed a budget of $5250 as the Montclair PTA Treasurer, an active 200 member group
- Created, led and coordinated 14 trips and 10 activity meeting s for 12 member Boy Scout troop. Upheld and acted within all national and area by-laws.
- Organized transportation and accommodations for Somerset Travelling Girls Soccer Team for a 29-game schedule covering 20 week span.
- Developed activities and coordinated fundraising for 3rd grade class
- Spearheaded Valentine’s Day Social for 140 grade school students, organizing 210 volunteer parents and managing a $2,400 budget for entertainment, food and equipment