/ Asked by Julie
I’ve stayed at home for 17 years raising my children. I am now starting to search for a job and was wondering how I should approach putting together my resume. Thanks.
Answered by Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, March 20, 2014
Well congratulations on completing one of the hardest jobs out there, raising children! But how to position on a resume is a good question and one that many struggle with. For your situation I would recommend using a functional resume. The functional resume highlights your skills, accomplishments and qualifications at the top of the resume, regardless of where they have occurred in your career. Your employment history is not the focus since it is placed at the bottom of the resume. This type of format is great when you want to emphasize skills and accomplishments without highlighting actual work experience.
You will want to think of skills you have learned and utilized over the past 17 years that will be relevant to the positions you are applying. Typically, skills are divided into three categories: Transferable, job-related and personal skills.
Transferable skills are general skills that can be used in a variety of jobs. Examples include problem solving, communication, organization, motivation.Job-related skills are skills specific to a job. Things like proficiency in computer programs, customer servicePersonal skills are skills that relate to your personality. Being enthusiastic, punctual, honest, loyal, dependable
Think of the skills you have utilized raising your children and family. I am sure you have many skills you could list in each of the above categories. This is what you want to focus your resume around. Also, keep in mind that you can also list any volunteer experience, community involvement, charities or organizations you have been involved in. Work experience does not have to be paid experience!

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, March 31, 2014
It’s a good question and one that many stay-at-home moms and dads have when returning to the work force. Although as a parent you’re exhibiting leadership, morale-boosting, change management, financial stewardship, and teamwork (now that I think about it, seemingly enough to land any respectable job!), you’ll want to draw upon work outside of the family for your formal resume. What jobs are you pursuing? What skills are required to be considered for the job? Now think about things you’ve done, even in a volunteer capacity, to demonstrate those skills. Have you organized or improved any processes for any charities or school groups like the PTA? Can you list a quantitative improvement (ie, led a campaign that increased fundraising by 30%)? Sometimes adults returning to the workforce go back to school to gain certifications for the latest software or tools being used in the workforce today. Be sure to list those prominently. The goal is to produce an honest document that gives the hiring manager no doubt that you have what it takes to succeed in the job.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, April 7, 2014
Prepare a functional resume where you highlight your skill sets, expertise and strengths first. List your employers underneath this section. This will help your competencies to shine!
Answered by Kim, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Welcome back to the workforce! Putting together a resume can be tricky. I could suggest using a template (Microsoft Word has many to choose from), as well as utilizing resources such as your local unemployment office. While you might not be looking for a job there, many UE offices offer resume building workshops, or have a person on hand to assist you with “sprucing up” your resume.
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