One of the biggest concerns I hear from the many fabulous and intelligent women that I meet is:

“What do I do about the career break in my resume?”

For some, this might only be 6 – 12 months. For others, this could be 10+ years.

My answer to them is always the same.

Always specify the exact dates of your maternity leave or the period that you have had away from the workforce to care for your children. Be completely truthful and inform the reader that the period of time away from the workforce was for maternity leave or a career break to care for your children.

During this time, you can include a list of all the potential activities that you undertook, the associated responsibilities and achievements. Just as you would with the roles that you have held in the workforce. Set it out on your resume in the exact same manner as your positions of employment. Be sure to only list those that are relevant to the position for which you are applying.

For example:

  • Did you take on a role at your children’s kindergarten (President, Treasure, Secretary, Fundraising Coordinator, Social Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Class Representative or Maintenance)?
    • Your responsibilities may have included administration, enrolments, budget management, event management, fundraising, social media, marketing or communications.
  • Did you manage or were you a volunteer at your children’s school canteen?
    • Your responsibilities may have included, cash handling, customer service, following OH&S standards, following hygiene procedures and inventory management.
  • Did you oversee/project manage a home renovation or a new build?
    • Your responsibilities may have included, project management, stakeholder management, problem solving, conflict resolution and budget management.
  • Are you accountable for managing the family budget?
    • You may be responsible for, managing profit and loss statements, accounts payable, managing weekly expenses, forward planning.

 

There are many activities that we undertake in our day to day lives that are relevant and use the same skills that are required in the workplace.

Start by making a list of all your weekly responsibilities that correspond with skills that you would utilise in the workplace. Then think about the accompanying outcomes and your achievements.

 

Still having difficulties?

 

Do get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

 

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