Monday, December 26, 2016

Key Stay-At-Home Mom Skills for Resume



Every stay-at-home Mom will confess that getting back to the job after the large gap is a challenge. Not every Mom will adapt to the new routine without her precious kid. Not every Mom will qualify for the strict requirements and high standards of the labor market. The good news is that getting back to work is absolutely possible. The bad news is that every stay-at-home Mom has to tailor her resume, cover letter, and other application documents to the desired job and it requires a lot of time.

So, I tried to figure out how to list skills on a resume if you are a stay-at-home Mom.

Stay-at-Home Mom Skills for Resume

There are different categories of Moms, who are going to return to the job. The classification is based on the amount of the working experience. So, understand what category you qualify for and follow the recommendations for each kind of stay-at-home mother.

Moms with Large Working Experience

Moms from this category usually have fewer problems with resume writing and picking up the good skills for a resume. The main problem lies in explaining the large employment gap. Yes, you took intensive care of your child but you should present it in your favor.

The best way not to focus on your employment gap would be to choose a combination type of the resume. It focuses on the skills and qualities that are relevant to the particular job. This information can be supported by the previous working experience. So, your employment gap will be omitted.

When you are writing a resume, you should open it with the qualification summary. For instance, let’s imagine that you are going to apply for a job in a finance world. Here are examples of skills for resume for stay-at-home Moms:

1)    Management Skills: an ability to train 2 junior accountants and monitor the productivity of their work during the first month of their work.
2)    Efficiency and Time Management: an ability to conduct reports and audits before deadlines.
3)    Relevant Job Skills: a skill to adjust financial reports to GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and conduct risk analysis with a help of FRAP (Facilitated Risk Analysis Process).

Moms with Little Working Experience

When you are a stay-at-home Mom with a little working experience, you still can cope with it. The best decision would start and focus on your education unless it’s relevant to the job. Furthermore, it’s important to use Career Objective to state why you are the perfect candidacy for the position. As turning Mom skills into job skills can be complicated, this variant is a winning solution.

To show that you are a good candidacy, it’s crucial to mention the university, volunteering projects, internships, high GPA, coursework. It’s important to remember that all these documents must be relevant to the position! Otherwise, reaching success is almost impossible.

Moms with No Working Experience

Moms of this category still can pick up the best skills for the resume. If you have a relevant education, you should consider the previous paragraph. Otherwise, keep on reading.

The most relevant recommendation would be to use the approach that would a graduate from the high school use in his resume. Brainstorm all possible pieces of information that could attract your potential recruiter. Here are key skills for a resume when you have got nothing to write:

1)    Freelancing. Freelancing isn’t only about rewriting. On the Internet, you can find plenty of opportunities such as data entry, graphic design, websites managing, etc. Freelancing isn’t the most powerful skill but it can be useful unless it’s relevant.

2)    Volunteering. On the surface, there are no handy opportunities. But, in fact, almost every institution needs someone, who would help for free or for the minimum payment. Just think what you need, research the possible variant, and go and ask.

3)    Learning new skills. Unless you have time, you must use it and learn new skills. You don’t need much time. It’s possible to take courses online.


Remember: picking up relevant and effective stay-at-home mom skills for a resume is always possible. Just look deeper and you will definitely find something.    

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Overcome the Millennial Job Hunting Barriers by Jenny Siu

I like TED talks videos - the speakers often share very nice tips and thoughtful insights. Here is another one video. Jenny Siu talks about language and cultural barriers as well as the ways to overcome prospective obstacles and becoming an outlier. Have you ever faced job hunting barriers? Were there any obstacles on your success path? Plese, share in the comments beelow!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

How to Stay Motivated While Job Hunting Video

There is one important thing to remember about while searching for a job. Motivation. You may not believe but it is so easy for a job hunter to get depressed and discouraged. You may get calls, interviews and later a rejection email. As a result, you feel bad for yourself. I like this video from CareerCake, it is a great motivating video. I hope it will help you and inspire to continue looking.

Please, write your comments below!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Social Media - Job Search Success?



We all know that using social media for job search can do a lot of good for the applicant. It helps you stand out from the hundreds of others and find a dream job. Here are three main reasons to hop on the social media board:

1. Showing the Knowledge

When people show a deeper understanding of the industry they work in, it makes them look well-trusted. It doesn't require having a personal blog. Writing the relevant information about the news and events in the related industry blog works too. The latter is a perfect option for the busy and not so creative people.

2. Demonstrating a Willingness to Learn

Not all of the social media job search sites are user-friendly. However, every product of the digital technology takes some time to master. It is especially important if electronic devices weren't a part of your childhood or youth.

Nobody has to be a computer pro. However, understanding benefits of using social media for job search reveals the applicant's awareness of the modern state of affairs as well as readiness to learn and comprehend new skills included. This point is hard to undervalue.

Experts say that Pinterest is a good place to start. It has something to do with the fact of the visual representation. Resume and cover letter are regular documents. Photos, related to the education and work experience, add a personal touch.

3. Finding out More About the Company

Social media are useful not only for the hiring managers cause the benefit flow both ways. Social networks can communicate a lot about the company, its clients and work ethic.
Moreover, using the data in the resume or cover letter can give you an advantage. Just stay cautious and avoid writing unreasonable things. Then they'll get the feeling of familiarity even before the interview.

So, personally I use these social media for job search:

1. LinkedIn was created as a professional network, so it does what it says. It's a top place to search for a job.

One of the most important things here is a profile. That's what other users see and that's how you represent yourself. A good profile should contain up-to-date and accurate information about the skills, education, and work experience; incorporating the keywords won't go amiss either. It will help the recruiter find you and recognize if you're exactly what they look for.

However, there are certain disadvantages of using social media for job search. Well, to be more accurate, it can be a problem if you do not use them correctly. But make sure to submit the right photo. Your photo is a very significant feature of an account, particularly when it comes to the LinkedIn profile. The right photo will maximize the efforts and make a good first impression.

2. Instagram is more than endless selfies and recipes accounts. It can be a perfect tool for the personal branding. It enhances your personality while creating a professional image. If your Instagram is full of photos from the good old days, it's better to create a new profile. Otherwise, the reputation may hurt. Let private things stay private.

Instagram doesn't work the same way for specialists from all industries. One can find it more helpful than the other. Analyze the circumstances and decide how the network can help just you.

 Sure enough, Facebook as well as Google+ can be used for job search, but I’d like to know about your experience. Do you have social media profiles and do you use them for the job search? 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The World's Toughest Job Video

I'm sure that you remember this video, but in case if you haven't seen it yet, I recommend watching. Yesterday my girl reminded me the being a Mom is the most challenging but at the same time the most rewarding job in the world.

 Do not forget that a day with your child is worth overtime work. Please, share your opinion in the comments below!