Yesterday I received a resume to review for a CareerMums user. I was blown away. It was perfect. It highlighted her career objective, and for her previous roles she included both duties and achievements. It was under 4 pages, well presented, and had no spelling or grammatical errors. Probably the most impressive part of the resume was how she handled her stay-at-home period which was for 3.5 years. See below:
Oct 2006-Apr 2010: Parent and voluntary worker
During this time I have been proactive in seeking opportunities to exercise my skills, volunteering my time to various organisations as well as ongoing and extensive reading to ensure I maintain up-to-date awareness of developments and practices in marketing and communications.
- Currently researching opportunities in the x energy market for a major energy consultancy targeting large commercial and industrial clients.
- Currently discussing with major charity my suggestion and operational strategy for the launch of x to increase revenue and market awareness of its cause.
- Developed strategic internal communications plan framework, internal communications audit plan and ‘communications planner’ proforma to assist x business in improving communications with their 200+ staff and 2000+ volunteers.
- Developed comprehensive and creative marketing plan for a local portraiture photographer seeking to increase her client base on a tight budget, then assisted with implementation.
- Wrote a series of x books designed to encourage x development in young children, endorsed by x speech pathologist.
She has kept herself in touch with the workplace, and has on occasions, utilised her skills to gain further experience.
The key to the stay-at-home mum section is to transform non-paid work into 'work speak'. The most basic example to work from is tuck shop duty. This involves customer service, handling money, and workng in a team. Make it all count. In addition, bring to life the new skills you have acquired from being a parent.