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!