Today begins a new feature that focuses on Back to Work Moms.
This series will include tips and intervews with human resources experts, resume experts, and successful moms with stories that inspire as well as taking a look at resources to help moms looking to dip their toes back in the workplace water or jump right back in. It’s for stay at home moms, work at home moms, moms who work part time and moms that have gone back to work full time.
I know from personal experience all of these roles. I took time off work completely to have my babies, gradually transitioning to being a work at home mom and a work part time mom and so forth. So, this series will also include tips from my personal experiece.
Barbara Babkirk, a Master Career Counselor who works with many women who are returning to the workforce after raising children, says most of the women who contact her have been “stay at home moms” for five to over 10 years. She came up with this list for moms as they begin the career search process after a break, no matter if you want to return to your previous career or a new one:
- Know that you have options and skills that can be transferred to the marketplace. “No matter if they once were Phi Beta Kappa graduates or successful business women, they all need some bolstering of their self esteem.”
- Determine your criteria for work. “Some women want to ease back into working and prefer a part time rather than a full time commitment.”
- Identify your competencies and articulate ways you have demonstrated them.
- Develop a “functional style resume” that focuses on key competencies rather than a consistent work history. Barbara recommends using the book The Resume Catalogue by Yana Parker, which “gives over 200 examples of functional resumes” as your guide to building this type of resume. See a sample resume of this type Barbara created at the bottom of this story. You can follow that as a guide to build your own resume with your own skill set.
- Create a strategy for meeting people who can help determine where you’ll best fit into the workplace given your skills, needs and interests.
Stay tuned for many more stories in the Back to Work Moms series!
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Sample resume by Barbara Babkirk:
YOUR NAME HERE
123 Your Address, Boston, MA 02114
415-123-4567 – YourEmail@gmail.com
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
- Knowledge of best practices, government programs promoting energy conservation.
- Proven skills as an effective volunteer organizer of energy and climate events: 2006 Governor’s Exemplary Service Award and 2007 RSU 21 Adult Recognition Award.
- Six years college biology teaching experience.
RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Wrote successful grant proposals for solar panels, conservation and recycling programs.
- Created newsletter articles, brochures, press releases for Sierra Club, Audubon Society.
• Project Management
o Organized “Smart Energy Expo” at area high schools for past 2 years, attracting over 400 visitors
o Developed agendas and led meetings for Energy Advisory Team.
o Planned programs and budgets in collaboration with local Audubon Society
• Community Education – Science/Technical Issues
o Organized public programs about climate change and energy for Boston residents.
o Created and taught preschool nature programs, organized series of evening programs on natural history topics for Bird Society members.
o Researched, developed, and taught new “Conservation Energy” college- level course.
CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES
2006-present Co-Chair, Energy and Conservation Advisory Team, Boston, MA
2007-present Governor’s Energy Efficiency Committee, Boston, MA
2003-2007 President, Vice-President, New England Bird Society
2001-2004 Conservation Commission, Boston, MA
1995-2000 Lecturer, Science Department, City College, Andover, MA
1994-1995 Adjunct Instructor, Science Department, County Community College, NewCity, PA
1990 M.S., Sustainable Development, University of Boston,
1987 B.A., Biology, BigTime College, New Brunswick, NJ
2009 Weatherization Technician
2008 Massachusetts Residential Energy Auditor
1998 Teacher Certification, Secondary School Biology, Boston University, Boston, MA