Resume writing cover letter
Are You Going Back To Work After a Hiatus?
When I started this article, I thought of stay at home Moms (or Dads) who wanted to
go back to work outside of the home. But there are multiple reasons that people take a
hiatus from formal employments, and most of these tips would apply to other people
You do have some special challenges In fact, many employers really only want to
interview people who already have a job. This seems quite unfair to the unemployed
to me. It can be tough on job hunters who choose to quit their jobs as well as those
who were terminated against their will.
But stay-at-home parents may get some better treatment. They are being recognized
as a pool of talent in many fields. So you cannot let a tough job market and possible
employer concerns stop you. Winners just tend to be proactive and take those extra
steps that make all of the difference.
Your Cover Letter Is Important
Start with your cover letter. Be sure and make it clear how you can benefit the
company, both with your past work experience and education, and the skills you
developed as a parent. You may not even realized how much skill it takes to be a
parent. But you need to manage your household, plan budgets, and stick to a schedule.
These are skills that employers value. And employers do form a first impression from
your cover letter.
Emphasize Your Skills and Experience
Did you do any volunteer work when you were working as an at-home parent?
Volunteer jobs, especially leadership positions, can impress employers too. If you
organized a neighborhood bake sale, acted as a den leader for you son's scout pack, or
taught religious school, be sure and note it.
You may also want to start your resume with a list of your important skills. These
could be skills you have picked up in past jobs, formal education, training classes,
home management, or your volunteer work! For example, if you use a popular
accounting software package for home budget management, you probably want to list
it. Some of these packages or similar ones, are used in the workplace too.
Can You Update Your Skills?
Do your skills look a little outdated or sketchy for the type of job you want? Look at
current postings and review the typical requirements. You may consider getting some
training. You can find training classes online, at a local community college, or at a
local branch of your state unemployment office. It is better to have training and actual
work experience. But training and some exposure is better than no exposure at all.
Explain Your Work Break
Include a short explanation of your time off of work. An employer is bound to notice
the work gap, so you may as well explain it right away. If you took time off to be with
young children or write your novel, you may as well tell the employer right up front.