Return to Work Resumes for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads

By Sonny Sidhu, CST Manager, Human Resources

Being a parent has its share of challenges. Juggling between parent life and your professional life can be exhausting, to say the least.

But what do you do if you decide to stay at home with your child and how can you freshen up your resume when you decide to transition back into the work force?

Resume tips

Here are some tips on what you can do during your time as a stay at home mom or dad to maintain various skills and education to include on your resume and get it in top shape when you’re ready to jump back in to the world of work.

  1. Studying while on maternity or paternity leave: try to take a supplementary course, or even self-study. This way you update your resume with educational experience and potential employers won’t see a gaping hole in your resume.
  2. Volunteer while on parental leave: If you are able to fit it in your schedule, volunteering can be a great boost to a resume. You can update your skills and it’s a great conversation piece for your interview.
  3. List your current role: Being a stay at home parent is a job! List some of you accomplishments. Perhaps you enrolled in a part-time course or a self study program. One way to remain active in the professional environment is to blog on Linkedin and continue to network with like minded individuals.

What to include in your cover letter

You have worked hard as a stay at home parent and deserve every opportunity to return to the workforce. In your cover letter, let potential employers know that you are returning from a parental leave and are actively seeking a new challenge. Briefly highlight any updated skills in your cover letter, to showcase experiences gained, up front.  

Returning to work after being a stay at home parent can feel both overwhelming and exciting. Taking the time to carefully polish up your resume is an important step in starting a successful new chapter in your career.