Resume And Cover Letters For Sequencing Mothers
Resume and Cover Letters For Sequencing Mothers,
Or Mothers Re-entering The Workforce
There’s no need for you to feel uncomfortable about the fact that there’s a gap in your resume. You’re part of a growing population of stay at home mothers that have taken time off from their professional life to care for their families. The increase in women making the choice to stay home and raise their children has caused a rise in employer awareness. More women than ever feel confident in their decision to take much needed time off to raise their children and later return to the workforce.
The traditional purpose for a cover letter is to allow your employer to see what qualities you have that relate specifically to their available position, and to see whether you have taken the time to do any research about their company.
For the sequencing mother, though, the cover letter is the perfect opportunity for you to shine and highlight the skills you’ve learned as a full-time manager of your household.
Instead of approaching your absence from the workforce with hesitation, highlight your time spent managing your family and the many new skills you’ve mastered during this time. Be proud of the decision that you made to be a stay at home mother, for this is no small accomplishment. It is vital that you are up front about your absence from the workforce because it is a very important part of who you are and your working career. Besides, you don’t want to get caught up making excuses or speaking half-truths during the interview to explain away your gap in employment.
Of course, it would be ideal to be able to tell your story in person, but often you don’t have the luxury of meeting someone face-to-face. As such, the cover letter becomes a great tool to let a potential employer know about your resume gap and why you are now ready to re-enter the professional arena.
Selling your interviewer on a gap in your resume takes careful thought. Don’t try tricks like changing dates or exaggerating your managerial skills because you were able to keep your household running smoothly for years. Your interviewer is aware of a mothers duties and will know if he/she is being tricked. What he/she wants to know is that you’re back in the game and have something to offer their company. Be sure to mention why you’re re-entering the workforce now. Such as, your children are now in school full-time, so it’s the perfect opportunity for you to re-enter the workforce. You now have the time and the motivation to regain your career.