Entering the work force after staying home for a few years can be a daunting experience. Sure you may joke around about the different titles you carry (personal chef, taxi driver, laundry and cleaning attendant, nurse, etc…) but, making that leap back into the 9-5 daily grind again can cause anxiety.
Everything from the job search to the actual interview can be intimidating if you haven’t had to go through it in a while. The key to landing a successful interview is in your resume.
Potential employers may look at your resume and notice the gaps between employment dates. When this happens, the question then becomes “how do I fill in those gaps?”
Don’t let a Gap in your Employment History Stop You From Writing A Great Resume!
1. Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer
Are you the head of FRG Leader for your spouse’s unit? Key Spouse for your spouse’s squadron? Treasurer or President of your children’s PTA?
Put it all down on that resume! Employers are looking for workers who are motivated and self-sufficient. Volunteering your time to social outlets such as these (and plenty of others) shows employers that you possess the inter-personal skills they need. Volunteering can also be a valuable way to network within your field. And networking, as they say, can do wonders for your career.
2. Take a class or sign up for courses
Need to brush up on your computer and programming skills? Sign up for a refresher course online. Have a degree in the social science or psychology field and want to accumulate some credits? Sign up for classes at the local community college.
By signing up for these classes/courses, not only will it show future employers that you are wanting to stay on top of things, it also can be a way to fill in those pesky little gaps in employment history.
3. Become a self-starter
Is there a talent or a hobby that you are exceptionally good at? Why not take that talent to the next level? Start a home based business or an internet shop selling your products or services. Maybe you’ve figured out the secret to feeding those picky children in your life? Write an e-book about it and get it published.
Putting all of these achievements down on your resume shows employers that you have what it takes to become a self-starter in the work industry. It also is a fabulous way to showcase your creativity.
4. Think functional over chronological
In your pre-stay-at-home years, a resume written in chronological format would have been enough to snag that dream job that you’ve always wanted. However, in today’s job market, trying to write a resume in chronological form when you have gaps and spaces to fill in will not suffice. Try writing it in the functional format instead. It will make your resume stand out from the other by highlighting your key accomplishments and strengths.
With a little creativity and ingenuity, the spaces between your employment history can be filled in and can make the difference between snagging that perfect job or waiting on the side lines.