4 Top Resume Tips for Moms Looking for Flexible Jobs
The job hunt can be a lengthy and challenging process for moms re-entering the workforce. Not only do you need to find a position that fits your lifestyle as a mom, but you also need to show that you're on top of your game, even though you haven't worked in months or years. Your resume is your first impression to potential employers, so you need to make sure it will impress within a few seconds.
Here are the top four tips to make your resume as polished as possible if you're a mom looking for a work from home job:
1. Highlight your accomplishments rather than day-to-day tasks
When creating your description for each of your past jobs, don't just list out all of your daily tasks and responsibilites. Instead, focus on your accomplishments. If you kept your old files or notebooks, skim through them and find some data to back up your accomplishments. This will convey that your resume isn't just fluff, and you pay attention to detail. Here are some examples:
- Instead of: "In charge of bookkeeping and filing responsibilities."
- Say: "Created a filing and bookkeeping system that increased the company’s research efficiency 30%."
- Instead of: "Managed client's website, paid search campaign, and search engine optimization campaign."
- Say: "Increased the ROI of client's business 25% by executing marketing practices on their website, paid search campaign, and search engine optimization campaign."
2. Make Your Resume Easy to Scan
You want to make your resume as easy to read as possible. Bullet point each accomplishment under each job instead of writing one large paragraph. Oftentimes a hiring manager will only have the time to skim your resume if you weren’t referred to them internally, so big blocks of text will not make it easy for them to put you in the “yes” pile.
3. Include a Skills Section on Your Resume
In addition to having a section for your "Professional Experience" and another for your "Education," consider including a "Skills" section. This will remind potential employers of all the valuable skills you still have, even if you've taken a few years off from work. Don't limit yourself to your technical skills that may need updating since time has passed; things like managing a team and building client relationships count as valuable skills!
4. Proofread your Resume
As a mom returning to the workforce, you want your first impression to convey professionalism. It's very unprofessional for a resume to contain spelling errors, typos, or grammatical errors, so make sure you proofread your resume. It's best to let a couple other people proofread your resume as well to get more sets of eyes on it; it can be very difficult to catch errors on your own work!
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