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 as well. 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 Do your skills look a little outdated or sketchy for the type of job you want?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.
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