Motherhood is a wonderful thing: Just look at how much fun new moms like聽Chrissy Teigen are having with their little ones. However, for some, being a mom is only one of several hats you wear. If you鈥檙e a career woman who took some time off to spend with your kids or to help run a household, you may have a few gaps in your resume that鈥檒l raise questions when you start job hunting again.


There鈥檚 nothing to be shy about, however, when it comes to sharing your time away from the workforce. Tina Kashlak Nicolai, an HR veteran, journalist and head of Resume Writers Ink, gave us some tips on how to navigate this tricky interview topic and be proud of all you鈥檝e done while at home.

1. Create a job title for the time period and own it. Don鈥檛 be ashamed to address the time period on paper for what it was 鈥 chances are you were doing a lot during that time. 鈥淪ome moms refer to themselves as 鈥榤ompreneurs鈥 because they鈥檝e had kids and have simultaneously started small businesses as the kids became a bit more independent,鈥 points out Tina. 聽鈥淥ther moms have used the traditional verbiage of 鈥楧omestic Engineer鈥 as their job title.鈥 She stresses that any title that expresses the work you鈥檝e done is a good choice. You earned the title, so use it.

2. Be up front. Tina stresses that honesty will get you ahead. 鈥淏e honest in your cover letter, letter of intent or email letter of influence,鈥 she advises. 鈥淚t鈥檚 okay to state, 鈥業 took time off to raise a family, and now am ready to return to work.鈥欌 You can then 鈥済o on to detail transferable skills that are specifically related to the targeted position.鈥

3. Be intentional. 聽鈥淎 mistake that many make is jokingly stating, 鈥業鈥檝e been pulled in a million directions as a mom, I can do anything!鈥 Tina says. 聽Even if that鈥檚 the case, she advises, 鈥淚t鈥檚 important to be realistic in the transferable skills, and it鈥檚 equally important to put a measurement to the achievements. 聽For example, if a mom oversees the financial aspect of running a home, she should state something like, 鈥楩iscally responsible for running a home and managing to exceed our goals by X %.鈥欌 These metrics are important because they talk the talk 鈥 they鈥檒l be able to show聽that you鈥檝e met or exceeded goals through concrete results, regardless of where it happened.

These three simple tips are a great starting point to show that, while you鈥檝e been at home, you鈥檝e been busy 鈥 and not just changing diapers and cooking dinner (though you鈥檙e a total pro at those things, too). They鈥檒l help employers look at you in the way you deserve to be looked at as a potential employee, and give you a major confidence boost. You鈥檙e a true #girlboss, lady!

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