Question by miller1907: Stay at home mom needs help writing resume?
I have been a stay at home mom for the last 3 years while my husband has served in the Marine Corps. We are getting out soon and I need some advice on how to update my resume to document what I have been doing the last 3 years. Anyone have any clever ideas how to word a stay at home mom / military wife? Thanks!

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Answer by mrsD to be
I would leave it out of your resume, unless you plan on applying for jobs that use the skills that a stay-at-home mother uses, ie. nanny/house keeper.
otherwise leave the resume as work experience only, and say in your cover letter that you’ve been raising your family for the past 3 years, and are eager to return to the workplace.

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One Response to “Q&A: Stay at home mom needs help writing resume?”

  1. chem4pay75 says:

    I think you can approach in two ways. Depending on the job, recent experience may not be necessary. If you have a specialty / high demand skill set (accounting, health care, etc) it may not matter at all. However, as a corporate recruiter, I like to see this info on the resume so that I know your situation and have one less phone call to make to investigate the gap in the resume. So, you can certainly add a single line in your resume stating that you have been attending to family related matters for the last 3 years. I would not go so far as to add something like Stay at home mom or Home maker with the activities (PTA, volunteer work), its nice to add, but as mentioned below, unless related to the job you are interested in, not very relevant. Although the multitasking of raising a family is quite an achievement!

    My regards to your family, thanks for your service.