If you’ve spent the last few years at home raising your children – first of all, kudos to you! This may not be a paying job, but it’s one of the most important ones you’ll ever have. Now that you’re looking to re-enter the workforce, you’re probably thinking that you’ve lost some valuable skillsets by staying at home. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth! The fact is, as a parent, you’ve gained some invaluable skills that you can use in your new career. Here are just a few that you can add to your resume:
Organization: Running a household isn’t easy. There are household chores to do, kids to get to school and after-school activities, lunches to be made and dinner to make. In order to do all of these things on time, you must be organized and have a solid plan for getting everything done. Employers look for candidates that are organized and get things done on time and this is a valuable asset to list on your resume.
Time Management: Not only must you know what you need to do, you must know how long each task is going to take you. Time management is a skill that all moms must learn quickly, or nothing would get completed on time. Kids can’t be late for school every day, dinner can’t be served at 10:00 p.m. and homework must be done each night before bed. This same skillset is valuable in the workforce, as employers want tasks to be done on time, before deadlines.
Multi-tasking: With all the chores and duties of a stay-at-home mom, if you just did one thing at a time, you’d never get everything completed in one day. Multi-tasking allows you to do several things at once, and this is something that employers want to see in their employees.
Accounting/budgeting: This isn’t about clipping coupons (although that’s a great budgeting method!) You probably spend a lot of time budgeting for things like groceries, kids clothes, bills and sporadic expenses like birthday parties, holidays, etc. While you may not be a professional accountant, you should be able to show your employer that you respect the company’s budget and will do what you can to keep them on track by completing your own work under budget.
Technology: Today’s world is impossible to navigate without having some working knowledge of technology. Computers, smart phones, tablets and other devices are part of everyday life. While you don’t have to have an intricate understanding of how they work, you should be able to use them proficiently. Employers want their employees to have an understanding of modern technology.
If you’re ready to re-enter the workforce, but you’re not sure where to start, consider working for a temp agency. This is a great way to ‘get your feet wet’ and ease back into the workforce. A temp agency can give you exposure to several different environments, and allows you to build your rolodex of peers and potential full-time employers. Assignments can range from a few weeks to a few months, and the agencies work to match your skill sets with companies who are looking for temporary employees.
Great Hire can help you utilize the skills you have to become a valuable member of the workforce. Visit the website today for more information.