How to Write a Killer Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Last Updated: April 22nd, 2022

Writing a killer stay-at-home-mom resume can feel daunting. For example, you might be wondering how to write your resume with an employment gap. Or maybe you’re afraid you are lacking skills to re-enter the workforce.

Well, you’re not alone! According to a recent article by US News & World Report, millions of women left the paid labor force over the past couple years due to caring for kids during Covid-19.

Fortunately, there are several ways to structure your resume to honor your time away from the paid workforce. I’m a career coach and professional resume writer. But I’m also a mom who has returned to the paid workforce (several times!). Here’s my advice for crafting a successful stay-at-home-mom resume:

#1: Set Your Resume up for Success

At the top of your resume, I recommend including a professional summary or professional profile section where you make a connection between your strengths and achievements and the specific job for which you’re applying. You want it to be immediately clear what field and/or position you’re targeting.

In this section, you can also highlight any continuing education, volunteer, or contract work you’ve recently done or are currently doing that related to your targeted career path.

Here’s an example of a mom who is targeting the field of education. Notice how she strategically added a recent certification and coursework to her profile. This demonstrates to a hiring manager her motivation and dedication to the field by pursuing continuing education and training during her career pause:

“Seasoned elementary classroom teacher with over ten years of experience delivering exceptional academic instruction to diverse populations of learners. Highly skilled in using positive reinforcement techniques & differentiated instruction to facilitate student learning. Recently certified in social / emotional learning & completed coursework in utilizing classroom technology to English Language Learners.”

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#2: Don’t hide your employment gap

It’s important to own your stay-at-home parent experience! Don’t be ashamed of it or try to hide it on your resume. If there’s any missing information on your resume, the recruiter or hiring manager will fill in the blanks for you. You own your narrative and experience. Your resume is your opportunity to market your biggest strengths and achievements as they relate to the position you’re targeting. As such, there are several ways you can highlight your career pause:

One route you can take is to list your stay-at-home mom experience under your work experience just like you would a paid job. Titles you can use include: Household Manager, Stay-at-Home Parent, Household CEO, or Chief Home Officer.

Example #1

Household Manager January 2018 – Present

Self-Employed

  • Expertly juggled multiple projects and priorities like childcare, scheduling & logistics, and educational / after-school activities.
  • Ability to maintain extreme calm under pressure and chaos.
  • Strong advocacy and organizational skills as evidenced by successfully navigating interventions & accommodations for special needs child.

Another route you can take is to list volunteer, contract, or freelance experience on your stay-at-home-mom resume. You can also list these types of jobs under your work experience section of your resume. List whichever experience that relates the most to your career goal first, followed by your additional experience.

Example #2

Recent Relevant Experience

Math Tutor 2017 – 2021

ABC Company

  • Tutor middle and high school students in Math, English, and Reading.
  • Utilize patience and differentiated instructional methods to teach students from diverse backgrounds.

Additional Experience

Volunteer 2020 – Present

PTA

  • Raised over 10K in donations during 2019 Jogathon event.
  • Developed protocol for tracking and managing budget and timeline for events.
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#3: Market your mom skills

You’ve worked hard as a stay-at-home parent or caregiver. Even though you weren’t paid, it’s important to value your experience and recognize all the skills you acquired and how valuable it makes you as a candidate!

I recommend targeting a different resume for every job you apply for. Use the job posting to determine which skills to highlight. For example, let’s say in the job posting it lists multitasking skills.

Parents are multitasking rockstars! Rather than just writing “strong multitasking skills,” take it a step further and paint a clear picture about how you have strengthened those skills. Here’s an example: “Honed multitasking skills by overseeing health, academic, and extracurricular activities for three children during ten-year period.”

If the job posting lists ability to handle stress, show how you’ve tackled the stressors of being a parent. For example, “Expertly handle multiple child-related emergency health and safety situations by maintaining extreme calm under pressure.”

#4: Fill in the Gaps

Do you feel like you’re lacking in skills or experience? First of all, it’s important to know that you do not have to meet 100% of the employer’s “wish list.” Job postings highlight an employer’s ideal candidate. But we all know there’s no perfect candidate. So if you feel like you meet many or most of the requirements, go ahead and apply! What’s the worst than can happen? You don’t get called in for an interview.

Fortunately, you can take quick and easy actions to remedy any key skills you might need to acquire or brush up on.

For example, I am a proud YouTube University graduate! I took advantage of free video tutorials to teach myself Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. On my resume I have these skills listed as “Intermediate knowledge of” since I didn’t receive formal training.

If you want to get more formal training or education, there are many reputable online learning platforms like LinkedIn Learning and Udacity, where you can earn certificates and training in a wide variety of subjects.

Community colleges and universities also offer in-person and online degrees and certifications in all subjects and disciplines.

In conclusion

Remember your value as a stay-at-home-mom. Even if you do work that isn’t paid, it does not mean it’s not valuable or valued. But you have to own your experience and market yourself proudly. When you articulate the value of your skills, a hiring manager will be sure to see it too!

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