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.”