Most people know that a résumé is a document used by a person to present their backgrounds and skills. Ideally, a résumé shouldn’t be more than two pages long because it should be concise as possible, and in it, you don’t have to present ALL your skills, just the best skill sets you have will do.
We realise that this will pose a great challenge for parents. Parenting has given us SO MANY skills we can put in a résumé. You think being able to watch Frozen 50 times in a day and disguising peas and carrots as nuggets and fries can’t be a highly coveted job skill? You might be wrong.
1. TEAM WORK
Do you volunteer often at your toddler’s daycare group? Are you involved in your child’s school family activities? So then it probably means that you are a vital part of a team, that you know how to take instructions, give instructions, and be a good leader and/or supporter. Being great at team work is a crucial skill that any workplace would value, so you can be sure to include that in your résumé, and quantify the number of years and number of people in your team as well.
2. EXCEEDINGLY RESOURCEFUL
Remember how your baby vomited all over the place in that swanky new restaurant and a toilet was miles away? Yet you cleverly improvised on the spot and you managed to make sunshine out of what would otherwise be a snowstorm. Despite what anyone said about you or your baby at that time, you can definitely call yourself resourceful, and which employer wouldn’t value an employee with resourcefulness? And you can say to the younger junior executives that hey, parenting taught you that!
Responsible parenting definitely taught you how to budget. Budgeting includes needing to calculate, count and carefully determine what should or shouldn’t be spent on, and this means you would have cultivated the skill of being extremely prudent and precise. Good on you, you can be a valuable asset to your company’s finance or administrative departments.
4. HIGHLY EFFICIENT
The role of parenting has definitely taught you how to be highly efficient. You only have a minute to yourself in the toilet maximum before your toddler calls out for you. And while you’re rocking your baby to sleep, your five-year-old is demanding you come out and put Peppa Pig on the television for him, or unlock the iPad so he can access a game NOW. Which means you’ve become very highly efficient in handling and sorting tasks out and that your multitasking game is STRONG and UNBEATABLE.
You are your child’s first (and maybe for a while, only!) coach! They come to you get answers, tips, solutions and everything in between and you give them space to help them figure things out on their own, both of which are very important. So you know when to give and when to let go, when to take charge and when to release, both of which are important skills to have even if you’re the highest corporate official in the company or a newly joined employee.
Before returning to work, remember to make the necessary arrangements with your spouse, other family members, babysitters, and of course your child. Get enough sleep and try to start on a Thursday if you can so you have a short first work week to adjust to the new work environment, and you can start work proper on the second week.
Know friends who are getting adjusted to their new roles of parenting and need a little help? A Diaper Cake is your answer! Delightfully different, a Diaper Cake comprises diapers, bottles, bibs, rompers and pre-walker shoes. It’s an all-in-one gift even the fussiest of mothers will appreciate, and any good friend or baby shower guest will want to give at a baby shower, hospital birth or first year birthday!