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48 Valuable Mom Skills for Your Resume

Inside: Mom skills to include on your resume as you return to work outside of the home or make a career change. Download your free transferable skills list.

♫ Time management, multitasking, prioritization. These are a few of my mom transferable skills. ♫

(If you didn’t sing that in “ My Favorite Things ” tune from The Sound of Music please go back and try it again.)

Let’s Hear It For the Moms

I’m a mom, and you know that already because I talk about it ALL the time.

I talk about it all of the time because I’m a mom all of the time and it’s a central part of who I am. It’s even listed on my LinkedIn profile!

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While some people might look at my LinkedIn header and think that “Mom” is a weird thing to put in a professional bio, I don’t think it’s weird at all. In fact, I think it’s the most important title on the list.

That’s not just because my kids are my everything, because they are (and I know yours are too), but because the skills I have gained since becoming a mom relate directly to my professional life.

My mom transferable skills are a perk of motherhood I never expected. I know I would figure out how to change a diaper , or choose an appropriate soccer team snack , or make a Halloween craft out of a potato . But I didn’t expect that my career would take off in a new and amazing direction after my kids started teaching me all kinds of critical lessons .

What Are Transferable Skills?

Before we get into the specific list of working mom and stay-at-home mom transferable skills, you might be wondering what transferable skills are. I mean you know you’ve got mad skillz, but which of those skills are transferrable to different types of work and why?

A transferable skill is a skill you have acquired that can be used in a different job not directly related to your current role. While customer service and teaching are different jobs, being a good listener is an important skill for both roles. Another example, a marketing manager and a painter. On the surface the roles are different, but creativity is going to serve you well in both positions.

Transferable skills come into play when you’re on the job, but also in how you pitch yourself in your resume, cover letter, networking conversations, and interviews. You talk about not just what you’ve done, but why you’re good at it and how those skills would serve your next employer.

Working Mom and Stay-at-Home Mom Transferable Skills List

Motherhood looks different to everyone, and your career path might not look a thing like mine. But I’m still going to encourage you to look at this list of mom transferrable skills and think about which ones ring true to your life.

Then you can download the transferable skills list to help you further flesh out which skills are related to your goals and experience. There are so many skills (skills on skills on skills) and I’m willing to bet you’re going to leave this article feeling pretty darn good about everything you bring to the professional world.

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Time Management

Before having kids I watched an insane amount of television. I didn’t recognize it as such at the time, but looking back at it now I had multiple shows I would want to watch each night, and a full DVR.

After the kids were born, I quickly realized that TV time was going to dwindle. Soon I didn’t miss the hours spent lounging on the couch and found that I was more productive with my time. On the weekends I was on the move so much with the kids that I wanted to stay on the move. A body in motion stays in motion! That’s how I was able to find the time to start my business as a side hustle, I kept on moving and used my time efficiently.

Think about how you have learned to manage your time as a parent. Think about how much you manage to accomplish in a day! That type of efficiency is crazy valuable in the workplace, in any type of role. While I feel kind of gross saying this, time is money.


As I type this sentence there is a load of laundry in the wash, I’m standing at the counter instead of sitting for health purposes, and the Instacart shopper is texting me about brown eggs or white eggs.

I’m a big fan of time blocking to get things done, but as a mom I also know how and when to multitask. Throw a bunch of different projects at me at one time and I’m going to juggle them all. That’s what I do at home, so that’s what I do at the office.

The word “multitask” can have a negative connotation because it can imply lack of focus. But the skill itself is valuable. So I’d recommend wording this one as “ability to effectively handle multiple projects.” This skill is particularly valuable for small businesses, event planning, and childcare, to name just a few.


Closely related to multitasking is the ability to prioritize.

On any given day as a mom, I have to decide which of the many things that need to be done is the most important. Do I do the dishes right now or play Hungry, Hungry, Hippos? It’s not always the dishes, and it’s not always the hippos. It is dependent on the day and the needs of my family, and my own sanity.

In the office, if you are good at prioritization then you will be able to make progress towards your goals and the company’s goals. You know how to evaluate a situation while also keeping in mind the bigger picture, or mission of the organization.

I will always want someone who knows how to prioritize effectively on my team because I know they will do the most important work first, and pivot when it becomes clear the most important work has changed. Think about how important this is in any business setting, but particularly a small company or nonprofit with a lot of goals and limited resources.

Last night my three-year-old lost her ever-loving mind because she had to go to bed before finishing reading a book. She was jumping around instead of listening to the story, and we gave her several chances to pull it together and chill out before bed. She didn’t, so she lost the privilege.

In my mind, this is just life. She’ll read more of the book tomorrow, clearly, she needed some sleep, and there are consequences to your actions. However, to her, it was like I had sucked all the joy, happiness, and fruit snacks out of her life forever.

But I had a choice. I could yell, or I could hug her and empathize. I chose the latter, and she was able to calm down.

If you can empathize with people, then they will trust you, feel supported by you, and want to work with you to try to solve the problem. This mom transferable skill comes in handy, nay it’s critical, in any service-based role but becomes particularly relevant in management, medicine, nonprofit work, and education.

My five-year-old had a bad dream the other night and crawled into bed with us. I asked him the next morning what his bad dream was about and he said he didn’t want to talk about it.

I could have let it go, but I know my kid. He’s a talker. So I explained that sometimes it helps to talk about our feelings, and if he feels uncomfortable he can draw them. (Quite honestly, I got that tidbit from walking too much Law & Order SVU in college.)

He started to draw, and then he began to explain his drawing and tell me about his dream. Turns out he had overheard something Glen and I were talking about from the news and it had him concerned. So I listened intently to his words and his nonverbals, and we worked through it together.

Becoming a parent has taught me to listen in a whole new way. More intently, listening between the words, with a new sense of focus. Deep listening is an important skill in so many fields including coaching, medicine, education, and sales.


I’ve been a writer in some capacity my whole life. I wrote poems and stories as a kid, crafted essay upon essay in high school and college, and have always loved creating the perfect picture caption. But I didn’t dive deeply into writing until after my kids were born.

My kids sparked new levels of creativity in me, gave me a treasure trove of topics to think about, and helped me learn how to tell a good story. Read a few hundred children’s books and you’ll pick up a thing or two.

My kids have helped me hone my communication skills by making me more imaginative and clear. They’ve pushed me to explore this craft because I want to model following your dreams. I’m getting a touch emotional right now because this skill is a mom transferable skill with a capital MOM.

Communication skills are critical for writers, marketers, business owners, educators, and managers across sectors. I bet your kids have helped you build your skills in this area as well, in your own way!

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Problem Solving

Remember the story about how I had problem-solved my way out of a tricky potty training situation at a minor league ballpark ?

That required quick thinking, logic, strength, negotiation skills, and determination. I problem solved that bad boy like WOAH. I won’t retell the whole story right now, but you can find it here . Plus there is a link to Chariots of Fire on that post because it requires a soundtrack. Enjoy!

Think about the number of problems you solve on a daily basis. From figuring out how to get your kids to eat their dinner, to resolving sibling arguments, to managing your work time/sick kid at home time/grocery shopping time. You figure it out, individually and with teammates.

Problem solvers make the world go round. In operations, event planning, healthcare, manufacturing, management, real estate, childcare, education, hospitality, consulting, finance, etc, etc, etc. The world needs problem solvers, and you’re a problem solver.

I’ve held a lot of leadership roles in my life, but none quite like being a mother. As a Class President, nothing was going to fall to pieces if I didn’t execute the Student-Faculty Basketball game to perfection. As a manager, if I made a mistake and hired the wrong person, the world would go on.

But as a mother, if I screw up this leadership position, well we’re going to be in trouble. My kids need me to lead by example, to motivate them, to support them, and to help them become the best versions of themselves. Talk about pressure, right?

Your leadership capacity has grown tenfold since becoming a mother, I’m quite sure of that. This mom transferable skill that you bring from the playground to the boardroom is one that will take you as far as you want to go in your career. You have developed the ability to truly understand people (small people you may have birthed), and what makes them tick. From that, you’ve honed in how to help them grow.

That’s leadership. You know who needs leaders? Everybody.

In my post on creativity , I talked about how my kids like when Glen and I make up stories for them. They love a good Dr. Seuss rhyme, but what they love even more is a story that is uniquely theirs from our brains.

They have pushed me to think creatively about storylines, they have pushed me to be open to possibilities, they have pushed me to ask more questions and be crazy curious. These little ones have made me more creative than I could ever have imagined possible!

I know sometimes you feel like your brain is fried as a mom; me too. But if you take a minute to reflect on the activities you engage in with your kids, I think you’ll find that you are pretty darn creative! Take that creativity with you to help solve problems, come up with new ideas, or be artistic. In any sort of design field, in entrepreneurship, in writing, in entertainment – that creativity will propel you forward.

My brother and sister-in-law gave me a shirt for my birthday last year that says Mama Bear. It’s a great shirt, both for the cozy material and the message that speaks directly to my heart.

I will go to bat for these kids, any day, every day, and twice on Sunday. I want them to learn to stick up for themselves too, and we talk a lot about using our words and making good choices, but at the end of the day, I’m still the Mama Bear.

There have been times I’ve called preschool to discuss issues or stood up to family members when their words or actions were impacting my children. I won’t hesitate to advocate for my kid and let my voice be heard while they are finding their own.

I know mothers who have kids with health concerns or learning differences that advocate for their kids every single day. Through IEP meetings and doctor’s office visits, with specialists and with other parents. They stand up for their kids backed by hours of late-night research and second opinions.

Advocating like that? That not only takes guts and determination, but it’s a well-earned mom transferable skill. Think about how you could translate that ability into the workforce, in the legal setting, working on behalf of victims, in government, in nonprofit, in education. The list goes on! The world needs you!

Your Mom Transferable Skills List

Have you identified the working mom and stay at home mom transferable skills that you bring to the table?

Take some time now and reflect on these skills, and the other ideas that come to mind based on your individual experience, and create your own list. I bet your skills list will fill up quite nicely, because well, you’re amazing!

Still a little stuck? Download the transferable mom skills list (including 48 different skills you may have gained through parenthood, education, and your career) to help you think through what skills you bring to the table.

Then it will be time to show off those skills! Keep on reading and learn more about writing a resume summary that incorporates your top skills.

And if all this resume talk has you thinking, “Gosh, I don’t know what I WANT to do next in my career!” I have you covered. Check out the free How to Land a Fulfilling Job You Love Without Giving Up the Flexibility You Need training.

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Becca Carnahan is a Career Coach, author, and mom of two. Her company, Next Chapter Careers, specializes in helping mid-career parents land fulfilling jobs they love without giving up the flexibility they need.

Becca trained as a career coach at Harvard Business School and has 16 years of experience in the career and professional development field. Find her sharing elder Millennial laughs and career advice on her podcast and in her book both named When Mommy Grows Up!

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  • 15 New Skills You’ve Honed as a Mom You Can Add to a Resume

Once you have a child, it is your choice to either stay at home or return to work. However, many women don’t return to their jobs after childbirth because of lack of flexible work to accommodate family life, pay gap between men and women, and high childcare fees.

Another overlooked issue that makes many women not get back to work after maternity leave is lack of confidence. But did you know that there are so many valuable stay at home mom transferable skills you have gained from being a parent that you can leverage in your career? And you can use these skills to compensate for the employment gap in your resume when you look for a new job.


Here are fifteen new skills for resume you have gained by being a mum that probably didn’t know you had:

1. Time Management Skills

According to a recent study, 41% of US adults say they lack adequate time to do all they want to. However, as a mother, you definitely have superb time management skills gained from balancing several tasks in little time. For example, you have to feed your kids, get their clothes ready, drop, and pick them off from childcare or school daily. You can transfer these time management skills to work as well. You can adjust to working under pressure and make sure project deadlines are met.

2. Planning Skills

As a mother, you will gain great planning abilities. For instance, you will need to work out meals for your children in advance, taking into account what each child likes or doesn’t like. You will also be planning what they will wear and carry for lunch the following day of school. These are great transferrable skills to add to resume when you do decide to return to work.

3. Prioritization Abilities

In most days as a mum, you will have numerous activities that need to be done. Therefore, you will need to figure out what needs to be done right away and what can be pushed to later or another day. These soft skills are also important in a high-pressure work setting.

4. Crisis Management Skills

From nursing a sick child, treating wounds from playing, and so many other situations, you eventually learn to be calm and resourceful in times of crisis. You quickly become adapted to dealing with unplanned challenges and emergencies. These mom skills are valuable to employers too. Put them in your resume when job seeking after maternity leave .

5. Problem Solving Skills

Children come with a long list of problems that need to be solved. As they grow, you will be juggling fixing broken toys, potty training, sleep training, explaining new things, mediating arguments between them and their friends, etc. These challenges are not so different from issues you will find in the workplace. So, you can apply problem-solving skills to mediate disagreements within your team, fix complications that arise in daily operations, etc.


6. Communication Skills

According to a 2018 survey, 80% of company executives agree that excellent oral communication is vital. Believe it or not, you gain great communication skills from being a mum. From telling your children what you need them to do to having talks with your child’s teacher, you will be doing a lot of communication. As a result, you learn to speak clearly, communicate in understandable language, and be sympathetic to others feelings- all essential skills at work.

7. Being Persuasive Influencer

As a parent, you will often need to persuade your kids to go to be on time, eat their vegetables, prepare themselves for school, etc. This ability to influence is one of those relevant skills that you shouldn’t leave out when updating your resume to get back the job market.

8. Negotiation Skills

Whenever your power of influence fails you, you can always rely on your excellent negotiation skills. All mothers have undoubtedly honed their convincing skills by offering care to little kids, who are known to be naughty, stubborn, and often unreasonable. As such, the next time you write a CV, be sure to include this skill. You sure can manage to reason with anyone just because you are a mother.

9. Project Management Skills

You might not know it, but your project management skills are what have seen you pull off those successful family holidays and trips. These skills have enabled you to prepare for these occasions adequately. All the time, you have managed to ensure that each child’s specific food and drinks are packed, there were adequate supplies to last the duration of the vacation, and so forth.

So, no matter what you had thought previously, you sure have the right project management abilities to handle company duties. Make sure that you include them in your CV this time.

10. Event Management and Planning Skills

Your event management skills are showcased whenever you plan those children parties. Most of the time, you will have to find the perfect location, create and manage a list of visitors, plan the entertainment, get the right food, and so forth.

All this can only be pulled off if you have excellent pre-planning skills. But apart from that, your actual event management abilities are tested by how well you manage the occasion itself.


11. People Management Skills

No matter what you might have heard, no workmate can manage to be as impulsive and uncooperative as a toddler who is having an outburst. So, as a mom, handling a group of adults will prove to be as straightforward as it gets. All the while, you have managed to negotiate with difficult children, settle conflicts, and guide your kids in the right way. With all these management skills, there are no employees you cannot work with.

12. Responsibility and Team Management Skills

The next time you create your stay at home mom resume, be sure to list responsibility and team management among your skills. The fact that you managed to take care of a newborn around the clock, ensure that your children are well fed throughout, offer guidance whenever they are lost, and so forth shows that you are responsible and can manage any workers.

13. Financial Management Abilities

Excellent management of finances is one of the most common mother skills. Once you become a mom, you will be forced to manage the budget of your household, especially since you might be on maternity leave, thus with tight finances.

Apart from that, as a mother, you need to show your kids the value for money, how to stretch a dollar and negotiate their pocket money to reasonable amounts.

14. Creative Skills

Creativity is yet one of the skills to list on resume as a mom. Some of the things that make you a creative person include the ability to think about and tell bedtime tales on the spot, come up with innovative games for the afternoon or car trip, and so forth.

15. Mentoring Skills

Mentoring has long been a typical stay at home mom skills for resume. As a mother, you will have to tutor and nurture your kids in a host of things that you are not even familiar with. You will have to teach them essential things such as confidence and independence to ensure that they turn out to be useful members of society. As you do this, you sharpen your mentoring abilities; and note, this skill can help you get promoted at work fast .

To conclude, if you were pondering on skills for resume, be sure to include these capabilities. You have undoubtedly picked up on several of them just by being an amazing mom. They can either be your key or additional skills on resume. And to boost your chances of getting hired, always write a powerful start for your resume .

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13 Stay at Home Mom Resume Examples That Worked in 2024

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Being a stay at home mom is one of the most demanding challenges a person can undertake, but this also means that you can never run out of things for writing a cover letter or resume. From  budgeting to delegating and scheduling tasks, the duties of a stay at home mom are endless .

However, given that employers take between five to seven seconds to go through an entire resume, it’s important to know the exact details to mention and those to avoid when writing your stay at home mom resume. For that reason, we’ve designed these 13 stay at home mom resume samples to help you  craft a resume  that will land you your dream job in 2024. 

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Stay at home mom resume example with 10+ years of experience

Why this resume works

  • For example, you might mention in your resume, “Volunteered at local garage sales to create posters and maps for buyers, increasing sales by 28%.”
  • Write a  resume summary  if you’ve got 10+ years of expertise in your field and can weave in some specializations you’ve picked up along the way that will set you apart from the competition.
  • Skills such as “research, problem-solving, and organization” are crucial in marketing, but there are plenty of other keywords you can include in your  resume skills section , provided they align with the job description.

Stay At Home Parent Resume

Stay at home parent resume example with 3 years of experience

  • This example perfectly aligns with the needs of the role, making it a compelling choice for the position and recruiters will not miss to notice it.

Stay At Home Mom No Work Experience Resume

Stay at home mom no work experience resume example

  • In particular, The volunteer and research projects, such as OralCare360 and FreshBite, showcase the ability to educate, organize, and communicate effectively.

No Degree Resume

No degree resume example with 4 years of experience

  • For example, your resume can list metrics for family size, how much money you saved on groceries after using a budget, and how many appointments/engagements you had per month.
  • Use metrics like these to quantify your impact and get a recruiter’s attention!
  • For example, writing fairy tale novellas takes excellent writing and planning skills, and decorating the lobby for the school play requires strong organizational skills and problem-solving abilities, all of which are useful for a secretarial position.

Returning to Work Resume

Returning to work resume example with 10+ years of experience

  • Your  stay at home mom returning to work resume  should demonstrate your ability to perform tasks related to or similar to what is required of an HR manager, so it can be helpful to view  HR job description examples  to get an idea of what HR professionals require on the job.
  • This doesn’t necessarily mean that every skill should relate to your work experience, but whenever you get a chance to connect the two, do it! 

Returning to Workforce Resume

Returning to workforce resume example with 13 years of experience

  • Even if you’ve been a stay at home mom for a short period, it’s important to list that time on your  returning to workforce resume  so you don’t have a work experience gap. Interviewers frown on these ‘time gaps’ in your resume because it creates the impression that you’ve been inactive and will need a lot of time to catch up if you’re hired. 
  • Only includes languages you would be comfortable mentioning in an interview. Want to really sell your programming skills? Mention how you used your coding experience to create real-life applications.

Work from Home Mom Resume

Work from home mom resume example with 10+ years of experience

  • Make your resume as specific as possible. Did you volunteer at your church? List which position you held, how many students you taught, and how you improved the classroom for the better.
  • If you’re in a position requiring licenses or certifications (like education), make sure you include a certifications section on your work from home mom resume to show employers you have the know-how to do the job.

Stay at Home Mom Returning to Teaching Resume

Stay at home mom returning to teaching resume example with 8 years of education experience

  • Detail past work as a tutor and even as a stay-at-home mom that showcase your skills in the best way possible on your stay at home mom returning to teaching resume.
  • Use your stay-at-home mom cover letter to address why your work experience isn’t so recent.

Homemaker Resume

Homemaker resume example with 11 years of experience

  • Make these bullet points as a homemaker count by focusing on outcomes and metrics.
  • You can add a period at the end of every work experience bullet point, but then each work experience bullet point will need periods to ensure consistency.

Homemaker No Experience Resume

Homemaker no experience resume example with 10+ years of experience

  • Include skills and/or keywords related to the job you’re applying for, and mention the company you’re applying for by name to get a recruiter’s attention.
  • For example, a cashier should know how to operate a Point of Sale (POS) system, so if you have similar experience, include those skills and responsibilities. 

Military Spouse Stay At Home Mom Resume

Military spouse stay at home mom resume example with 8 prior years of marketing experience

  • Use a career objective statement to tell recruiters how your skills are just what that particular company needs. Don’t forget to mention the company by name!

Housewife Resume

Housewife resume example with disaster relief support and gardening project experiences

  • Community projects such as environmental cleanup and voluntary work to distribute relief food to families affected by disaster are examples you can use to your advantage.

Stay at Home Dad Resume

Stay at home dad resume example with cabinet making experience

  • Well, you got what it takes to land that housekeeping job you’re eyeing. Your past roles, paired with measurable achievements, will further propel your application to success.

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Stay-at-home Mom Resume Examples & Writing Guide for 2024

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You’re a stay-at-home mom.

You’re great at time management, organization, and able to juggle five jobs at once. 

Safe to say you’d make a great employee!

But HOW do you prove your abilities to your future employer?

What do you put on a stay-at-home mom resume, anyway?

Well, that’s exactly what we’re about to answer.

We understand that applying to jobs after years of staying at home can be a daunting experience. But please don’t worry - our guide will get you back on your feet in no time!

  • An example of a finished stay-at-home parent resume that works
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Before we dive into why the company should hire you, here’s a stay-at-home mom resume example, created with our very own resume builder:

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Want one of these? Then follow the steps below:

How to Format a Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Whether you’re getting your kids ready for school or running them a bath, you know the importance of preparation.

Similarly, you need to prepare your resume format before you can start writing!

But what does this actually mean?

Well, your resume needs to be structured correctly.

The most common resume format is “ reverse-chronological ”, and it is for good reason. This format puts your most recent achievements up-top, which keeps your resume clean and easy to follow.

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You may also wish to explore the two following formats:

  • Functional Resume – This type of resume focuses on skills, which makes it ideal for stay-at-home moms who have gaps in their employment history or never worked in that specific industry.
  • Combination Resume – Getting back into the same job after a short break? Combining both “Functional” and “Reverse-Chronological”, individuals with both the required skills and experience may want to use this format.

After picking the correct format for your situation, you need to sort the resume layout .

For a stay-at-home mom resume that looks the part, we recommend: 

  • Margins - One-inch margins on all sides
  • Font - Use a professional resume font that stands out, but not too much
  • Font Size - Stick to 11-12pt font size for normal text and 14-16pt for headers
  • Line Spacing - Use 1.0 or 1.15 line spacing
  • Resume Length - Maintain a 1-page limit. For guidance, view these one-page resume templates

Use a Stay-at-Home Mom Resume Template

Ever written a document? 

There’s a good chance you used Word, or similar processing software.

Now, these programs are great for creating simple documents, but are they good enough for your resume?

Not if you want a professional-looking resume! 

Why do we say this?

Well, Word isn’t the best for holding structure. 

You see, it can take hours to create the perfect structure, only for you to make one small change, and BOOM…your resume falls apart.

You’re a busy parent - Free up your time by using a stay-at-home mom resume template .

What to Include in a Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

The main sections in a stay-at-home mom resume are:

  • Contact Information
  • Work Experience
  • Employment Gap

To really impress the recruiter, you can also add these optional sections:

  • Awards & Certification

Interests & Hobbies

That’s the sections sorted, but what should you write for each of them? 

Let’s find out!

For a full rundown on each section, view our guide on What to Put on a Resume .

How to Correctly Display your Contact Information

Now, this isn’t the time to unleash your creative flair.

You just need to keep this section factually-correct .

You could submit the best resume in the world, but if your phone number is wrong, well, you won’t be getting any interviews.

As you can see, accuracy is the name of the game in your contact section.

The contact information section must include:

  • Title - Align this to the exact job title you’re applying for
  • Phone Number - The one you are most-easily reached on
  • Email Address - Keep your email professional ([email protected])
  • (Optional) Location - Applying for a job abroad? Mention your location.
  • Emily Brown, Receptionist. 101-358-6095. [email protected]
  • Emily Brown, Supermom Receptionist. 101-358-6095. [email protected]

How to Write a Stay-at-Home Mom Resume Summary or Objective

The job market is getting more and more competitive.

In fact, most employers usually have a HUGE pool of applicants to choose from.

Taking this into account, we can’t be too surprised that recruiters are known to spend less than 6 seconds on each resume !

Although rather concerning, we can use this knowledge to our advantage.

You just need a way to hook the reader.

But HOW can you do this?

Use a resume summary or objective , which are both attention-grabbing paragraphs that sit at the top of your resume.

This paragraph will be the first thing the hiring manager lays their eyes on, so make it the best it can be!

resume summary stay at home mom

Although similar, there are differences between a summary and an objective…

A resume summary is a 2-4 sentence paragraph that summarizes your most notable professional achievements. 

  • Fast-working and friendly receptionist with 18 years of experience working on the front desk of a local gymnasium, where I achieved a customer satisfaction score of 98%. Highly-skilled in data-entry, customer service, and negotiation. Seeking to leverage interpersonal skills and a commitment to great service to become the new receptionist at GYM XYZ.

A resume objective is a 2-4 sentence paragraph of what you want to achieve and why you’re perfect for the position.

  • Enthusiastic and friendly gym-goer looking to work as the new receptionist at GYM XYZ. Passionate about keeping visitors happy and satisfied. Relevant experience includes serving customers during two years at CAFÉ XYZ. Skilled in POS, communication, and time management.

So, should stay-at-home moms use a summary or an objective?

Generally, because stay-at-home moms will have large employment gaps, a resume objective would be the best choice. With that said, if you’re entering back into an industry that you have plenty of experience in, a resume summary would be the best choice. 

How to Make Your Work Experience Stand Out

The work experience section is the most important section on your resume.

As such, it’s a section that requires special care and attention.

The goal is to write a powerful work experience section that stands out and highlights your most notable achievements .

Doing so will instil confidence and reduce any perceived risk in hiring you.

Now, you may be concerned about your employment gap, but don’t be.

Anyway, it’s always better to explain your employment gaps, rather than attempt to conceal them.

Here’s how to correctly structure your work experience section:

  • Position name
  • Company Name
  • Responsibilities & Achievements


06/2017 – 03/2020

  • Based on surveying, I achieved a 99.4% visitor satisfaction score during my three years at Real Gym
  • Welcome and advised 250+ customers a day
  • Developed a new fitness class system that reduced complaints by 48%

Instead of simply talking about your daily tasks, you should show how valuable you were at your previous employment. You see, this will allow the recruiter to immediately see how you’ll directly benefit the company.

Instead of saying:

“Kept visitors happy”.

“Based on surveying, I achieved a 99.4% visitor satisfaction score during my three years at Real Gym”.

Apart from being much longer, how is the second statement different?

Well, it uses quantitative data to back-up your skills. It allows the recruiter to see why you’d make a great addition to the team.

On the other hand, the first statement is way too generic. The recruiter has most likely read those exact words 18 times today.

What if You Don’t Have Any Relevant Work Experience?

So, you’re going back to work after a long lay-off.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you will be applying for the same job.

What if you don’t have experience?

Not to worry!

You see, just because you’ve never worked as a receptionist, doesn’t mean lack the relevant skills and experiences needed to be great at that job.

You would just need to mention the crossover skills from previous jobs, like being able to operate a cash machine, having great communication skills, and being detail-orientated. 

How to Explain Gaps in Employment on a Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Why is there a gap in your employment?

Your employer will want to know what you’ve been up to recently.

Even though you’ve talked about your previous jobs, it’s now time to address the elephant in the room.

The trick here is to focus on any skills learnt during your time as a stay-at-home mom, especially skills relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Stay-at-Home Parent

05/2017– Present

  • Created a blog that documented my journey through parenthood – receives 10k+ views per month
  • Volunteered at my local charity – served dinner to 100+ homeless every Tuesday night

Sure – an employment gap isn’t ideal, but you can use this section to highlight the skills and experiences developed during this gap. Essentially, you can spin a negative into a positive ! 

Now, we both know that being a stay-at-home mom IS a full-time job, but resist listing your parent-related duties, unless the job involves working with small children or similar.

Use Action Words to Make Your SAHM Resume POP!

Those poor hiring managers.

Having to read the same generic words in every resume they read. 

Although bad for them, this is great for you!

You see, it allows you to create a “return-to-workforce” resume that stands out by using some power words :

  • Conceptualized
  • Spearheaded

How to Correctly List your Education

Next, let’s discuss what to put in your education section.

Regardless of the position that you’re applying for, this section follows a simple formula:

  • Qualification Type 
  • Institution Name
  • Years Studied
  • GPA, Honours, Courses, and anything else you might want to add

When put together, your education section should resemble the following example:

Majoring in Culinary Arts

Ohio State University

2008 - 2012

  • Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE), Financial and Revenue Management, Research Project, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Experience Economy, Exploring Professional Practice in Hospitality.

Still have a few questions? Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get from stay-at-home moms:

  • What if I haven’t come to the end of my studies yet?

Not to worry. Just include the courses and modules studies to date

  • Should I include my high school education?

If it’s your highest form of education, then yes 

  • What is more important, my education or experience?

Experience always wins this race, although education is still important 

For in-depth answers, check out our guide on how to list education on a resume .

Top Skills for a Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

As a mom, you have invaluable skills that your little-one depends on.

But you can’t exactly write “able to put three kids to bed every night” on your resume.

So, what should you do instead?

Well, what did you write in your experience section?

Here’s a trick: analyze both your work experience and the job description.

If you see any skills that crossover, add them to your resume.

Do this correctly, and you’ll be showing the exact skills the recruiter is looking for! 

And if you need more inspiration, here are some of the most common soft skills:

  • Personable and friendly 
  • Endurance (long hours)
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Time management 
  • Team player
  • Be honest here. Interviewers will usually ask applicants to explain more about the skills listed.

Confused about what skills to put on your stay-at-home mom resume? Check out our comprehensive list of 150+ must-have skills this year .

What Else Can You Include?

There we have it.

All essential sections have been added to your resume.

But don’t call it a day just yet!

Adding just one or two of the following sections could be deciding factor in whether you’re hired for the job or not!

Awards & Certifications

Have you ever been employee of the month?

Have you completed any courses that are relevant to the job?

If you have any awards or certifications, be sure to include it in your resume!

Awards & Certificates

  • “Employee of the Year 2018” - Real Gym
  • “Learning How to Learn” - 2019 Coursera Certificate

Applying to a Spanish restaurant?

Then being able to speak some Spanish is sure to increase your chances. 

Whether it’s a specific requirement or not, being able to speak multiple languages is impressive – and who can argue with that!?

Rank the languages by proficiency:

  • Intermediate

Now, you’re likely wondering, “why would the hiring manager need to know about my keen interest in badminton?”

Well, because it allows them to learn more about whom you actually are.

Companies want new members of staff that fit in well with the current team.

The easiest way to do this is to discuss your hobbies, especially those hobbies which involve social interaction.

Here’s which hobbies & interests you may want to mention.

Include a Cover Letter with Your Resume

How to really “wipe the floor” with your competition?

Attach a convincing cover letter with your resume!

You see, your resume is great for delivering the core message, but nothing speaks to the recruiter like a well-written cover letter.

But what do we mean by this?

Well, a cover letter allows you to make a personal connection, which ensures you’ll be remembered by the hiring manager.

As well as offering the chance to fill in all the blanks, a cover letter also shows that you want to work for this exact company . 

Here’s how to create a structure that works:

cover letter example structure

And here’s the winning formula:

Personal Contact Information

Use your full name, profession, phone number, email, and address 

Hiring Manager’s Contact Information

Use their full name, position, location, email

Opening Paragraph

Make sure your opening paragraph commands attention. Briefly mention:

  • The exact job position you’re applying for
  • Your experience summary and best achievement to date

Once you’ve grabbed the reader’s attention, you can delve further into the following specifics:

  • Why you chose this specific company
  • What you know about the company’s vision and culture
  • How your skills will be beneficial to the company
  • Whether you’ve worked in similar positions before

Closing Paragraph

Finish with a closing paragraph that:

  • Concludes the key points of your cover letter
  • Thanks the manager for reading and for the job opportunity
  • Ends with a call to action. For example, “At your earliest convenience, I’d love to discuss more about how I can help your company with X” will work.

Formal Salutations

While remaining personal, the letter should end in a professional manner. Use something like, “Kind regards” or “Sincerely.”

For extra cover letter advice, view our step-by-step guide on how to write a cover letter .

Key Takeaways

Good luck with your new job:

Because if you followed the steps in this guide, you should now have a job-winning resume! 

Make sure to:

  • Select one of the recommended formats for your specific situation and employment history, and then follow the recommended layout
  • Catch the reader’s attention with a short, snappy summary or objective
  • In the work experience section, make sure to highlight your most relevant and best achievements, rather than just your daily duties. Oh, and don’t be put off by your employment gap
  • For a highly-specific application that starts a conversation, include a convincing cover letter

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5 Stay-at-Home Mom Resume Strategies to Showcase Skills

By Status.net Editorial Team on February 7, 2024 — 9 minutes to read

As a stay-at-home mom, your resume should highlight the skills and experiences you’ve gained during your time away from the formal workforce. You’ve honed a variety of transferable skills that employers find valuable, such as multi-tasking, time management, and creative problem-solving.

  • Start your professional summary with an attention-grabbing statement about your career goals. Mention how your unique background as a stay-at-home mom will contribute to your success in the workforce. For example, you might say, “Dedicated and resourceful individual ready to apply exceptional organizational and leadership skills developed from managing a busy household to a professional environment.”
  • Next, list some key skills that you’ve nurtured. You could write, “Adept at coordinating complex schedules and managing a budget,” which showcases your logistical capabilities. Also, include soft skills like, “Excellent communicator with a patient and empathetic approach to conflict resolution,” which are highly applicable in many job scenarios.
  • Include specific accomplishments or projects, even if they were not part of a job. If you’ve volunteered, spearheaded a community fundraiser, or coordinated a large family event, these are great examples of your capabilities. Describe these experiences by saying, “Successfully organized a community charity event with over 100 attendees, raising $5,000 for the local food bank.”

Your professional summary is your chance to make a strong first impression. It’s important to portray confidence in your abilities and showcase how your time as a stay-at-home mom has prepared you for the next step in your professional journey.

Related: How to Write a Resume With No Experience (Examples)

1. Professional Experience

Your professional experience can include a wide range of activities that you’ve undertaken during the time you’ve spent as a stay-at-home mom. Whether it’s coordinating events, managing household projects, or contributing to freelance gigs, each role has honed various skills that are valuable in the workplace.

Volunteer Work

You might have engaged in volunteer work that required organization, coordination, and communication. For example:

  • “Organized monthly book drives for local schools, leading a team of volunteers.”
  • “Coordinated meal prep and distribution at a community kitchen serving over 100 people weekly.”

Project Management

As a stay-at-home mom, you’ve likely spearheaded various projects with efficiency. For example:

  • “Managed a complete kitchen remodel, overseeing the budget and coordinating with contractors.”
  • “Orchestrated a neighborhood cleanup initiative, scheduling tasks, and tracking progress.”

Freelance Work

Perhaps you’ve taken on freelance opportunities that showcase your professional skills. For example:

  • “Provided graphic design services for small businesses, including branding and promotional materials.”
  • “Wrote and edited website content for an online retailer, improving their search engine ranking.”

Community Involvement

Your involvement in local community matters demonstrates commitment and leadership. Examples include:

  • “Served as PTA President at your child’s school, implementing new fundraising strategies.”
  • “Spearheaded a community garden program, from grant writing to volunteer recruitment and garden design.”

Related: Confidently Explain Employment Gaps on Your Resume (Examples)

2. Education

When updating your resume as a stay-at-home mom, your education section plays a significant role, especially if you’re re-entering the workforce. Begin by listing your highest degree or most recent educational achievement first. Include the degree type, your field of study, the institution’s name, and the year of graduation.

For example:

  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing, University of (…), 2019
  • Associate of Arts in Graphic Design, (…) College, 2015

If you’ve completed relevant coursework or special projects that relate to the job you’re applying for, feel free to include these to showcase your knowledge and dedication to continuing education while at home.

  • Completed comprehensive online course in Social Media Marketing, (…) Academy, 2022
  • Undertook a personal project about Early Childhood Education, culminating in a community workshop, 2023

Listing your GPA is optional and typically only recommended if you’ve graduated recently and your GPA is particularly strong. If you participated in clubs, organizations, or extracurricular activities, it’s a good idea to mention those experiences to communicate your teamwork and leadership skills.

Remember, when you attended school or what you studied can demonstrate your commitment to learning and growth, which is attractive to employers. Tailor this section to align with what you are aiming for in your job search, and don’t hesitate to highlight accomplishments that show your ability to manage tasks and excel in academic environments.

3. Certifications and Courses

If you’ve taken time off to raise your children, you might be surprised at how valuable your experience can be when re-entering the workforce. In your resume, it’s important to highlight relevant certifications and courses that can showcase your abilities and knowledge. Here’s how you can format this section:

  • First Aid & CPR Certification : Held a valid certification for the past five years, with comprehensive training in emergency response suitable for a workplace.
  • Online Marketing Course : Completed a 10-week digital marketing course covering SEO, content marketing, and social media management.
  • Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Certification: Gained in-depth understanding of nutrition, wellness, and healthy lifestyle choices, which may be pertinent in roles that require knowledge of wellbeing.
  • Project Management Certification : Acquired skills in project planning, execution, and monitoring through a recognized online program which can be applicable in various managerial roles.
  • Child Psychology Introduction: A course attended that offers insights into child development stages, useful in educational or child care-related positions.

Remember to include the name of the course provider and the date of completion to provide context for your qualifications. If you’re currently enrolled in any course that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for, make sure to note that as well. This tells potential employers that you are committed to continuous learning and personal development.

Related: How To List Certifications on a Resume (Examples)

4. Technical Skills

When you’re updating your resume, including your technical skills can showcase how you’ve kept up with relevant technology, which is valuable in today’s job market. You might have gained these skills through managing household finances, coordinating schedules, or keeping up with the latest education tech for your kids.

  • Time management tools: You’ve likely used apps like Google Calendar or Trello to manage family activities and appointments, showing you can handle scheduling and logistics.
  • Financial software: Handling a family budget requires proficiency in software like Microsoft Excel or other budgeting apps – Quicken or Mint for tracking expenses and planning.
  • Social media management: If you’ve been coordinating a parent’s group online or running a home-based business, social media tools are familiar to you for organizing posts and engaging audiences.
  • Online Research: You’re adept at using search engines effectively, filtering trustworthy sources, and maybe even using academic databases for helping with school projects.
  • Word processing and presentation software: Creating documents and presentations for various family-oriented tasks often leads to proficiency in software like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Email management: Keeping up with school correspondence, extracurricular activities, and even online shopping deals means you’re skilled at managing emails efficiently using clients like Outlook or Gmail.

It’s important to consider all the tasks you do daily and how the skills you’ve acquired can translate into the workplace. Much of what you do as a stay-at-home mom requires the same technological proficiency expected in many job roles.

5. Languages

When updating your resume as a stay-at-home mom, highlighting your language skills can give you a competitive edge. If you’re multilingual, describe the level of fluency in each language you speak. For instance, you could list them as “Native,” “Fluent,” “Proficient,” or “Basic.”

  • English – Native
  • Spanish – Fluent
  • French – Proficient
  • Italian – Basic

When you detail your language proficiency, it’s important to be honest about your level of fluency. This means if you can hold a conversation in a language, you might list yourself as “Proficient.” If you’re able to only understand or use simple phrases, “Basic” would be more appropriate.

Additionally, if you have any language certifications or have done translation work, even informally, you can include this in your language section. Something like “Certified in Business French” or “Volunteer Translator for Community Events” shows practical application of your language skills.

Your language abilities can show potential employers that you have excellent communication skills, a knack for learning, and the ability to engage in diverse environments – all of which are attractive qualities in a candidate.

Related: How to Include Language Skills on Your Resume (Examples)

6. Interests and Hobbies

When constructing your resume as a stay-at-home mom, you may overlook the importance of the “Interests and Hobbies” section. Yet, this can be a window into your personality and transferable skills. Remember, each of your hobbies can reflect on your abilities and character.

For instance, if you enjoy blogging about parenting, this showcases your writing skills and creativity. You might be passionate about running a small online business which indicates your entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge in digital marketing.

  • Gardening could suggest you’re patient and attentive to detail.
  • Volunteering at your child’s school shows you’re committed and possess organizational skills.

Consider hobbies that have helped you maintain time management; such as managing a book club, which requires you to keep a schedule and coordinate with others. Crafting, such as knitting or painting, can showcase your artistic side and demonstrate persistence and the ability to learn new skills.

Ensure each hobby on your list is presented in a way that can resonate with your potential employer. Align them with the job’s responsibilities and company culture. This can make a significant difference in how your non-professional experience is perceived and illustrates how your time devoted to interests has equipped you with valuable skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills can i include on my resume as a former stay-at-home mom.

You have a wealth of skills from your time as a stay-at-home mom that employers find valuable. Time management, problem-solving, multitasking, and communication are just a few examples. You also might have budgeting experience or skills in conflict resolution. Make sure you list these skills clearly on your resume.

How do I write an appealing resume objective after being a stay-at-home parent?

Your resume objective should reflect your enthusiasm for reentering the workforce and highlight how your skills as a stay-at-home parent will benefit the prospective employer. For instance, you could write, “Eager to apply my extensive multitasking and organizational skills in a dynamic office environment.”

What is an effective way to describe the role of a stay-at-home mom in a professional resume?

Describe your role as a stay-at-home mom professionally by focusing on your organizational, managerial, and educational tasks. You could say, “Managed daily schedules and educational activities for children, developing strong time management and prioritization skills.”

How can I address employment gaps in my resume due to time spent raising a family?

You can address employment gaps by mentioning the skills you developed or maintained while raising your family. Phrase it positively, such as “Took a planned career hiatus to raise a family, during which I honed my organizational and financial management skills.” Related: Confidently Explain Employment Gaps on Your Resume (Examples)

What are some tips for highlighting homemaking responsibilities as transferable job skills?

When highlighting homemaking responsibilities, focus on skills that are applicable to the workplace like budgeting, event planning, or education. For instance, you might write, “Spearheaded a complete home organization project that included budgeting and resource allocation.”

What kind of work experience should I list on my resume if I’ve been out of the formal workforce as a stay-at-home mom?

List any part-time work, volunteer experiences, freelance jobs, or even personal projects that demonstrate your skills and work ethic. You can confidently include positions like “Volunteer Event Coordinator” or “Freelance Social Media Manager” if they’re applicable.

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  • • Designed and delivered over 30 branding and rebranding projects for local businesses, enhancing their market presence and customer engagement.
  • • Managed all aspects of client communication, project design, and delivery, ensuring projects were completed on time and within budget.
  • • Utilized social media to promote design services, resulting in a 50% increase in project inquiries within a year.
  • • Collaborated with printers and suppliers to ensure the highest quality of materials used in client projects, often negotiating costs to keep projects affordable.
  • • Developed and maintained a client feedback system, leading to a continuous improvement process and a 95% client satisfaction rate.
  • • Implemented a referral program that increased new client acquisition by 30%, demonstrating effective client relationship management and networking skills.
  • • Initiated and led creative workshops for over 200 participants, focusing on the basics of graphic design and creative software tools.
  • • Designed workshop materials and presentations, tailoring content to diverse age groups and skill levels.
  • • Collaborated with community center staff to organize events, resulting in increased community engagement and positive feedback.
  • • Provided one-on-one mentorship to participants with keen interest, helping them develop their own design projects.
  • • Secured sponsorships from local businesses for workshop materials, demonstrating strong negotiation and partnership-building skills.
  • • Assisted in the development and execution of marketing campaigns, contributing to a 15% increase in annual sales.
  • • Supported the design team in creating marketing materials, including brochures, flyers, and digital content.
  • • Managed social media accounts, growing the company's online presence and engagement.
  • • Conducted market research to inform campaign strategies, providing valuable insights into customer preferences and trends.

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Stay at Home Mom resume example

Over half of stay-at-home moms in the US  point to expensive childcare as the main barrier to re-entering the workforce. Indeed, navigating the complexities of childcare while remaining socially active can be a challenge.

If this strikes a chord, chances are you're a SAHM (stay-at-home mom) thinking about making a return to work.

Luckily, stay-at-home parenting does not exclude having a job. And if you’re among those 57% of SAHMs   worried that their employment gap might put off potential employers, there's good news. You can craft a stay-at-home mom resume with no experience and still get noticed.

This guide is designed to empower you to highlight your skills and experiences, crafting an impactful SAHM resume that stands out. Here's how:

  • Create a stay-at-home mom resume that convincingly translates full-time parenting skills to the professional realm;
  • Leveraging your employment gap as an asset by strategically emphasizing your skills and experiences in your resume;
  • Avoid stereotypes and biases with a selection of real-life resume examples from stay-at-home moms.

Let’s get to it.

Stay-at-home mom  resume example

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Here’s  what this applicant does well in their resume:

  • Highlighting transferable skills : Olivia highlights her time as a stay-at-home mom to showcase her knack for project management and multitasking. She shows that personal experiences can evolve into professional assets, especially her creative and efficient project handling, key for graphic design.
  • Showcasing freelance experience : Olivia's resume shines a light on her freelance graphic design projects. She outlines key successes, like boosting project inquiries and client satisfaction, proving her professional drive and success, even during a career pause.
  • Promoting continuous professional development : The candidate lists certifications and a zeal for ongoing learning, showing her dedication to keeping her skills sharp and relevant for graphic design work.
  • Leveraging community engagement : Featuring her work as a Community Workshop Leader, Olivia displays her leadership and educational skills. This role underlines her willingness to contribute to the community and collaborate with diverse teams, essential for client-based projects.

Now let’s dive into organizing all these strengths and talents within a resume.

How to format a stay-at-home mom  resume

Facing a significant employment gap might seem daunting, especially when re-entering the job market. Yet, if motherhood is the primary reason for your career hiatus, this experience can be reframed positively on your resume.

The point is to choose the resume format  that best fits your circumstances. Here are the three most fitting layouts for stay-at-home mom s returning to the workforce.

  • The reverse chronological resume . Ideal for those with substantial experience before taking maternity leave. This format is highly favored by recruiters and can effectively minimize the impact of a 2-year gap, particularly in the post-pandemic job market. Tailor your resume to each job application and consider including a cover letter for a personal touch.
  • The hybrid resume . A combination resume works well for those eyeing a career shift or who have been out of the workforce for 3-4 years. It blends your skills and experiences, focusing on your competencies rather than the chronological order of your employment.
  • The functional resume : Best suited for individuals with a career gap of more than 4 years, this format emphasizes professional strengths and skills over employment history. Remember, transparency is key; you can acknowledge your role as a homemaker while still highlighting your capabilities.

And to make sure that you really nail your resume, here are a few a dditional formatting tips for a SAHM resume:

  • Length: Aim for a concise format, one or two pages max, ensuring plenty of white space for readability.
  • Fonts : Don’t rely on crazy fonts to impress recruiters. Rubik, Lato, Montserrat, Raleway, Exo 2, and Volkhov work perfectly fine. All serif fonts  are ATS-friendly.
  • File Format : Go with PDF when exporting  your stay-at-home mom resume. It  retains its formatting across all devices and platforms.

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After choosing a resume format, it’s time to decide on the best sections to feature on your resume to help your tal ents s hin e bright.

The top sections on a stay-at-home mom resume:

  • A resume summary   providing a brief overview of your skills, experience, and career objectives, showing how they align with the demands of the targeted role.
  • A strong s kills section that showcases transferable skills gained from parenting, such as time management and organizational abilities.
  • A work experience section detailing your work history. It could involve formally employed roles, or even the management and planning that goes into running a household.
  • A detailed e ducation and certifications section with relevant academic qualifications, trainings, or workshops that you’ve attended. This would demonstrate your commitment to continuous learning.
  • An additional section for personal projects or community involvement. This section will highlight your extracurricular engagements, such as community service, charity work, or even personal projects like a blog. It will provide a more comprehensive profile of your skills and interests.

For stay-at-home moms, these top resume sections will best showcase the skills that recruiters are seeking.

What recruiters want to see on your resume:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills : Stay-at-home moms often juggle multiple tasks and schedules simultaneously, skills that recruiters value in a variety of job roles.
  • Problem-solving abilities : As a stay-at-home mom, quick and effective problem-solving is a necessity. This is a highly sought-after skill in many work scenarios.
  • Time management : Managing the varying needs and schedules of a household showcases strong time management, a skill highly valued by recruiters in all fields.
  • Adaptability : Stay-at-home mothers need to adapt rapidly to changing situations and events, demonstrating flexibility and resilience which are highly favored in the professional world.
  • Strong communication skills : Being a central point of communication within a family demonstrates the ability to mediate, negotiate, and express oneself clearly and effectively.

With a clear focus in mind, you can start building your resume experience section.

How to write your stay-at-home mom resume experience

The experience section  often stirs anxiety among stay-at-home moms, worrying about whether to list their role as a homemaker. The most common fear is that this might not be seen as relevant.

However, it's essential to include this phase of life, as recruiters look for explained  career gaps. (Plus, you’re a proud mom, of course, you’d put it on your resume)!

The best advice here is to focus on the skills and achievements during this time, such as managing projects, organizing events, or any freelance work. Highlighting these experiences demonstrates valuable competencies like time and people management, organizational skills, and multitasking.

Naturally, if you do have a work history before taking your maternity leave, include it in your resume.

Now let’s take a look at two resume examples.

  • • Managed household budget.
  • • Participated in community support groups.
  • • Helped the children with assignments.
  • • Enrolled in a basic programming course.

Clearly, this applicant didn’t make the most of her experience as a stay-at-home parent. She merely listed a few responsibilities. Here are three mistakes:

  • No specific relevance .  The bullets don’t directly translate to specific professional requirements. Employers look for experiences that are transferable to a range of roles.
  • Sparse action verbs . To demonstrate agency you need to choose your words more wisely. For example, “ participated”  c ould have been “ organized” . Action verbs  provide clarity and dynamism to resume entries, effectively showcasing your initiative and impact.
  • Lack of description.  This is a missed opportunity to amplify the candidate’s responsibilities as a stay-at-home mom. Providing descriptions allows for a better understanding of the skills and values a stay-at-home mom brings to potential employers.
  • • Managed household budget and finances, achieving a 20% reduction in expenses through strategic planning and cost-effective purchasing.
  • • Organized weekly community support groups, enhancing local engagement and support networks, showcasing event planning and community-building skills.
  • • Developed and implemented a home-based learning curriculum for early childhood education, promoting cognitive and social development.
  • • Completed a 6-month intensive C# programming course, acquiring key software development skills and laying the foundation for advanced technical problem-solving.

Now, this candidate understood the assignment. Let’s see why.

  • Demonstrates transferable skills : The section highlights a range of transferable skills, such as organization, community engagement, and technical proficiency, which are valuable in many professional settings.
  • Quantifiable achievements : Activities are presented with outcomes that suggest measurable impact, like enhancing local engagement and promoting cognitive development. This adds credibility and substance to the candidate's experience.
  • Shows continuous learning and adaptability : Completing a 6-month intensive programming course illustrates a commitment to personal and professional growth.

How to quantify impact on your resume

The impact of your experience as a SAHM on your resume can significantly improve your chances of getting a job. It makes your skills and contributions clear and measurable to potential employers.

Here are essential tips for incorporating quantifiable metrics  into each section of your stay-at-home mom resume:

  • Include the number of years you've managed household finances, illustrating your financial prowess.
  • Specify the number of events you've coordinated (such as family gatherings or fundraisers), indicating your project management and organizational ability.
  • Listing the number of languages you're proficient in as a polyglot shows strong communication skills and adaptability, vital skills in most workplaces.
  • State the number of people involved in any community projects you have led, showing your skills in rallying groups and leading teams.
  • Include the number of children you manage daily schedules for, demonstrating adeptness in juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities.
  • Specify the difference in spending before and after you took over the household budgeting, demonstrating your ability to optimize costs.
  • Mention the frequency of educational activities you arranged for your child/children, as this could indicate a commitment to development and learning, critical in a professional environment.
  • Incorporate the number of online courses or workshops you completed during your stay-at-home period, as this demonstrates continuous learning and improvement.

How to write a stay-at-home mom resume with no experience

For a SAHM with minimal professional experience, resume building  can feel like a daunting task. However, there's a silver lining: your resume can still make a strong impression on job recruiters.

It's all about strategizing effectively!

Remember what we did with the experience section? You can easily employ this technique and focus on skills or freelance projects relevant to your career development.

  • Volunteer experience : If relevant to the job  you’re applying for, volunteering can highlight your involvement in community service, school committees, or local organizations. Including specific achievements, such as organizing events or leading projects, shows recruiters your initiative and project management skills, even outside a traditional work environment.
  • Certifications and courses : Listing relevant certifications, online courses, or workshops you've completed during your time as a stay-at-home mom can bridge the gap in professional experience. This section indicates your dedication to personal development.
  • Skills and competencies : Tailoring this part to showcase transferable skills such as time management, organizational abilities, financial planning, and communication can add immense value.

Here’s a tip. If you have any hobbies or interests you consider applicable to the job you are applying for, do add them in a separate section. Learning languages with Duolingo in your free time? This hobby showcases your ability to commit to a long-term goal and enhances your communication skills across diverse cultures. Who knows, it might land you a job in an international organization.

How to list your hard and soft skills on your resume

Hard skills are about your technical know-how, like using software, while soft skills cover your ability to communicate, lead, and solve problems. Both are key to a strong resume.

When adding skills to your resume, mix hard and soft skills to show your range, drawing from your experiences, including your time as a SAHM. This helps employers see how your skills fit their needs.

For hard skills, consider tasks where you used specific knowledge, like budgeting for your household, teaching your kids with educational software, or planning digital-based community events.

Best hard skills for your stay-at-home mom resume

  • Financial Planning
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Microsoft Office Skills
  • Digital Communication Tools (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams)
  • Social Media Management
  • Blogging Platforms (WordPress, Blogger)
  • Online Research Tools
  • Scheduling Software
  • Basic Graphic Design (Canva, Adobe Spark)
  • E-commerce Platforms (Shopify, Etsy)
  • Bookkeeping Software (QuickBooks, Zoho Books)
  • Online Education Platforms (Khan Academy, Coursera)
  • Email Marketing (Mailchimp, Constant Contact)
  • CRM Software (Salesforce, HubSpot)
  • Photoshop or other Photo-Editing Software
  • Web Analytics (Google Analytics, SEMRush)
  • Video Editing Software (Adobe Premiere, iMovie)
  • HTML or CSS Basic Knowledge
  • E-learning Software (Moodle, Google Classroom)

Soft skills can be showcased by thinking about your interactions with others and how you've cared for your family. Skills like leadership, time management, and adaptability are ones you've probably developed through parenting.

Best soft skills for your stay-at-home mom resume

  • Multitasking
  • Time Management
  • Organizational Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Problem-Solving
  • Adaptability
  • Decision-Making
  • Communication Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Collaboration
  • Motivational Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence

You can show off your skills in more places than just the skill section of a resume. In the Experience  section, explain how you've used your skills in real life. Also, in the Volunteer Work  or Projects  sections, talk about times when your skills helped achieve good results. And remember to add numbers to make your point when you can.

How to list your certifications and education on your resume

H ighlighting your education is essential. Seize every chance to add substance to your resume.

Next, think about including relevant certifications. These not only demonstrate your skills and commitment to growing professionally but also shift  attention away from that dreaded employment gap.

Below are five valuable certifications that can boost your resume and impress recruiters.

Best certifications for your stay-at-home mom resume

  • Project Management Professional ( PMP )
  • Certified Professional in Learning and Performance ( CPLP )
  • Microsoft Certified: Office 365 Fundamentals
  • Google Analytics Academy Certification
  • Certified Associate in Project Management ( CAPM )

How to write your stay-at-home mom resume summary or objective

When building your SAHM resume, get creative and include sections that best showcase your skills. However, don't overlook crafting a compelling summary or objective. This brief introduction often catches an HR manager's attention first, and if it's engaging, they're more likely to continue reading.

If you've been on maternity leave for an extended period, a resume objective might be your best choice. While resume summaries  are ideal for those with extensive experience, objectives serve as your pitch to potential employers.

Here’s why objectives are particularly fitting for stay-at-home moms  with a career gap:

  • They're concise and punchy, ideally no more than three sentences.
  • They highlight your strengths without the need to summarize your entire work history.
  • Objectives clarify how you plan to contribute to the company's success, showing recruiters your potential value.

Let’s look at two examples of resume objectives, wrong and right.

This example says nothing about the candidate’s proposition. To enhance it, they could have:

  • incorporated stronger adjectives to strengthen their self-description;
  • used less tentative language to avoid any hints of uncertainty or apathy;
  • chosen more effective vocabulary to tell the story of their professional journey  (that’s right, they’re writing a story about their professional self).

This one is so much better. Here’s why:

  • It’s only three sentences but they simply ooze enthusiasm (5 words capturing readiness).
  • The objective centers on the candidate's competencies and skills .
  • The last sentence subtly reveals an open and approachable personality, a valuable asset to any team.

Additional sections for a stay-at-home mom resume

Enriching your SAHM resume with  a special section for your side hustles  and community contributions can really make it stand out. If you're like many stay-at-home moms who've found ways to stay active and engaged, consider sharing:

  • Your blogging or social media endeavors : This isn't just a hobby; it's a showcase of your prowess in creating engaging content and navigating the digital marketing landscape. It speaks about your ability to captivate an audience, manage digital initiatives, and stay ahead with modern marketing tactics.
  • Your freelance or consulting projects : Have you dabbled in freelance work or consulting? This is the perfect place to highlight your entrepreneurial spirit and independence.
  • Your volunteer work : Giving your time and talents to causes and organizations reflects more than just goodwill. It's a testament to your ability to collaborate, communicate effectively, and plan events. For SAHMs preparing to re-enter the workforce, such volunteering underscores a commitment to your principles and the community, while honing skills that employers value.

If you're squeezing in resume planning between mom duties, here's a swift rundown of how to craft that standout stay-at-home mom resume:

  • Pick a resume format that suits your employment history. Remember, a chronological resume might not be your go-to if you've had a long gap since your last job.
  • Highlight resume sections that showcase the skills and responsibilities you've embraced during your time as a mom, steering clear of listing basic skills.
  • Make your experience section pop with measurable achievements, and avoid simply naming household tasks.
  • Include both hard and soft skills that you can apply in various job roles.
  • Don't forget to list any relevant certifications that bolster your qualifications.
  • If you've engaged in freelance or community initiatives, dedicate a section to these projects to demonstrate your active engagement and versatility.

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Coming back from a career break might appear daunting, but the transition can be smooth if well-managed. Here's advice for those returning to work:

  • Emphasize transferrable skills. Did you take on a project coordination role with a non-profit, or any unpaid work? Every experience is valuable and helps build certain skills.
  • Show your up-to-date industry knowledge. It is crucial to illustrate involvement in your field despite the time off, whether through joining online courses, volunteering, or researching.
  • Talk about soft skills gained during the break. This may include communication, time management, or problem-solving skills.
  • Don't shy away from explaining the gap. Showcase it as personal growth and professional development time.
  • Highlight networking activities. It’s about who you know and what you know. Mention any professional communities you're a part of.

Ensure to align your career break story with the job role requirements for a successful application.

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Summary. To put your time as a stay-at-home parent on your resume , identify the soft and hard skills you developed during that time and highlight them in your work experience section. Skills you use as a parent such as organization, time management, and financial planning are valuable to employers.

Any parent knows taking care of children can easily be a demanding full-time job. And with daycare expenses skyrocketing, it can actually be cheaper for one parent to stay home with the kids than to work and use a daycare service.

A stay-at-home parent wears many different hats such as full-time teacher, coach , social organizer, and leader that can be added to your resume

In this article we will go over how to add these to your resume and provide examples of what it should look like.

Key Takeaways:

Emphasize job skills you became proficient in as a stay-at home parent.

Frame your resume to showcase your achievements rather than detail your domestic duties.

Take time to consider what your deliverables were as a stay-at-home parent. Think of how you can present those deliverables in the context of the job you are applying for.

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When writing your resume summary , it is probably better that you do not mention specifically that you are a stay-at-home parent. Instead, think about the roles you played as a parent and the skills you mastered that complement your previous work experience.

Add Education. You will want to include any degrees you’ve earned and which institution they are from. If you graduated more than three years ago, you do not need need to put your graduation date.

You can also any courses or workshops that you took during your time as a stay at home parent. You will want to add where those courses were completed at.

Homeschool parent. If you homeschooled your kids, you’re in luck. You added yet another experience that is extremely valuable: coaching, organizing, and teaching.

If you homeschooled your kids, you have skills researching curriculum, organizing lesson plans and extracurricular activities, mentoring children, all while learning how to be flexible, a good communicator , and most importantly (to the kids), fun.

For example: If you were a teacher for five years before homeschooling your children for three years, you could write something like this:

Sample Stay-At-Home Mom Resume Summary A skilled educator with eight years of teaching experience. Ability to teach in diverse settings with ease, create engaging lesson plans, and present material to children in varying learning environments.

Then, you can detail both your homeschooling experience and previous work experience in the work history section of your resume.

Translating parenting skills to workforce skills . You may even think that there is no way you can have transferable skills from your parenting experience to the industry you are applying for, but just wait; we bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Staying at home as a parent is a complex role: you must wear many hats daily. You aren’t just a mom or a dad. You are the family’s ultimate manager . And those skills can definitely be transferable to most jobs.

Use Specific keywords such as:

Financial planning skills


Time management


Utilize these keywords when describing your experience as a stay-at-home parent and it will help your resume be picked up by resume software .

Here is another example for a stay-at-home mom or dad:

Stay-At-Home Parent Resume Summary Example A skilled job seeker with six years of management experience in public and private settings. Possesses strong communication and delegation skills to work effectively in diverse teams.

Then, you can describe your management and leadership experience as a stay-at-home parent.

Highlight what you have done versus focus on a gap in employment. Some employers may think that staying at home to parent is a lapse in job experience , but if framed correctly, they will see what you see: staying at home to parent is a valuable, full-time job experience.

So to prevent recruiters and potential employers from picturing you sweeping up cookie crumbs, try and avoid using “domestic” words unless you are applying for a childcare, teaching, or cleaning position.

Here are some examples of how you can frame your experience as a parent to highlight skills recruiters are desperately looking for:

Stay-At-Home Mom Resume Skills Example Helped my children get to dance and soccer practice → Coached children to develop complex skill sets. Planned playdates with other moms at the park → Regularly organized large events at public centers for 20+ children. Taught my three children until college → Managed multiple children’s education, resulting in a 100% college acceptance rate and $100,000 dollars in scholarship money. Helped my children with volunteer projects → Organized volunteer projects for students, resulting in 100+ hours of community service over 10 projects.

By now, you are probably thinking, “Yes, I have all of these skills.”

Now you just have to translate them into resume-speak so that potential employers will also know how awesome you are at them.

You can describe your time as a stay-at-home parent in two places on a resume: under your resume summary statement and/or under your work experience .

Now let’s take a look at a full stay-at-home mom or dad resume:

Lisa Cage | [email protected] | www.linkedin.in/lisa-cage Dedicated writer and organizer with 5+ years of experience. Successfully wrote 5,000+ words of professional copy each week while managing the finances, schedule, and relationships within the household. Regularly coached children’s sports teams and participated in volunteering opportunities to serve the local community. Engaging professionals with top-tier communication and conflict resolution skills. WORK EXPERIENCE Household Manager – Cage Household. 08/2012-Present Managed two college funds, resulting in $45,000 in savings to date Coached soccer and basketball 2 nights a week each season, managing teams of 20+ children Leveraged leadership skills to educate, mentor , and resolve conflicts between two children Freelance Writer. 02/2016=Present Herway. 06/2018-Present Wrote an average of 2 articles a week for the marketing segment of a beauty solutions blog Achieved a cumulative view count of over 30,000 to date Collaborated with 5 writers to develop new content ideas Dogcare. 02/2016-08/2018 Delivered one blog post each week for a series on pet care Drafted image concepts for design team Awarded top blog post of March 2017 Office Assistant. 09/2010-07/2012 Responded to 50+ phone calls and 100+ emails a day regarding business inquiries and internal memos Developed and maintained office schedule using Excel Greeted clients who entered the office and facilitated meetings by arranging conference room space Marketing Intern. 01/2009-08/2009 Worked with a marketing team of 15 to plan, develop, and launch marketing campaigns with budgets of $50,000+ Handled administrative tasks, input data, and created visual displays of key metrics Wrote 50 blurbs a week for website and app use VOLUNTEERING Big Sister Program 05/2017-03/2019 Mentored 3 children between the ages of 7-11 over a two-year period Organized 10 fun trips each year, educating and engaging children through interactive activities Planned and organized 2 fundraising events, leading to over $8,000 raised in total EDUCATION Western Illinois University | Macomb, Illinois Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2009 GPA of 3.7 Dean’s List Worked at the writing center to help students with written assignments SKILLS Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite WordPress Basic HTML Financial Planning Written and Verbal Communication Organization

Include previous experience. Even if it’s been a long time since you were in the formal workforce, be sure to include prior professional experience.

Depending on the industry and role you’re applying for, think of skills that translate well from your former experience. Don’t feel pressured to lie or exaggerate here, but do look for keywords that you can use honestly.

Use volunteer experience. Whether you volunteered in events related to your children or not, volunteering experience is always attractive on a resume.

It shows that you want to use your time productively and are a functional member of the community in more ways than one. Plus, your volunteer experience probably involved a lot of skills and responsibilities that are necessary for a number of jobs.

Include contract work. If you’ve been a stay-at-home parent that earns money on the side through odd jobs , freelance work , or anything else, definitely include that on your resume. Listing contract work on your resume may have scared employers in the past, but the gig economy is thriving and hiring managers are getting more comfortable seeing this type of experience on your resume.

Not to mention that it beefs up your credentials and shows you’ve worked on projects recently.

Include education . If you went to college or achieved a post-graduate degree, definitely include that on your resume. Impressive academic achievements will help offset your work experience section.

Don’t forget your cover letter. Your resume isn’t the only place you have to talk about your stay-at-home parenting experience.

Your cover letter is where your personality can really shine, so highlight how your parenting and household management skills have readied you for the job you’re applying for.

How do you say stay-at-home mom on a resume?

You can say stay-at-home mom on your resume by saying, “Household Manager,” “Caregiver,” or “ Homemaker .” Some people prefer the title, “Chief Home Officer,” but that may come across as trying too hard for some hiring managers.

Keep the title simple and focus on pointing out the numerous valuable skills you used during that time.

Should I put stay-at-home parent on my resume?

Yes, you should put stay-at-home parent on your resume. Just because you weren’t someone’s employee during this time doesn’t mean you weren’t gaining valuable work experience and skills, so show them off to hiring managers.

Is stay-at-home parent an occupation?

Yes, stay-at-home parent is an occupation. Even though you aren’t earning a paycheck from your work, it is what you spend the majority of your time doing, and people depend on you to do it.

Applying for a job after a period of time out of the working world can seem daunting, but don’t think that staying at home to be with your kids will automatically hurt your job chances.

Staying at home to parent full-time can be a very rewarding experience. It not only allows you to connect with your children more, but it also gives you a very diverse skill set. You know how to deal with small kids and you know how to interact with parents from every background.

You know how to get someone to do work effectively (remember doing those most-hated chores as a kid?) and you know how to provide feedback to workers (remember those good parental praises?).

You’ve got what it takes to land your dream job — you just have to think about what the experience of parenting means in terms of the industry you want to break into.

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Heidi Cope is a former writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog. Her writing focused primarily on Zippia's suite of rankings and general career advice. After leaving Zippia, Heidi joined The Mighty as a writer and editor, among other positions. She received her BS from UNC Charlotte in German Studies.

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A stay-at-home mom is a woman who chooses to devote her time and energy to raising her children and managing her household instead of pursuing a career outside the home. While being a stay-at-home mom is often considered a full-time job in and of itself, many women eventually decide to return to the workforce.

Importance of a Stay-at-Home Mom’s Return to the Workforce

Returning to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom can be a daunting task. Many stay-at-home moms feel that they lack the skills and experience necessary to compete in the job market. However, the skills developed while being a stay-at-home mom, such as multitasking, organization, and communication, are highly transferable to many different fields and can make a stay-at-home mom an attractive candidate for potential employers.

Additionally, returning to the workforce can be a great way for stay-at-home moms to regain their independence, financial stability, and sense of self-worth. It can also be a way for them to inspire their children and show them the importance of pursuing their goals and dreams.

Challenges of Creating a Stay-at-home Mom Resume

Stay-at-home mothers face several challenges when creating a resume. The work done while taking care of children and managing a household is often unappreciated and undervalued. However, with the right approach, it is possible to create a resume that highlights relevant skills and experience that prospective employers are looking for.

Identifying transferable skills

Stay-at-home mothers often overlook important skills acquired while managing a household. They possess excellent organizational skills, multitasking abilities, time-management skills, communication skills, and problem-solving skills. These skills are transferable and can be applied to various job roles. For instance, the organizational skills and attention to detail required to manage a household can be useful in an administrative position. It’s important to identify these skills and highlight them in the resume to make them stand out to potential employers.

Filling employment gaps

Employment gaps are common in stay-at-home mom resumes. However, it doesn’t mean that the resume should be sparse or incomplete. Instead, the resume should focus on identifying and highlighting transferable skills and other activities undertaken during that period. Some of the activities may include volunteering, freelancing, or pursuing further education. It’s essential to show how these activities helped in honing critical transferable skills.

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Overcoming stigmas

Some employers may have stigmas about stay-at-home mothers returning to the workforce. However, this should not deter mothers from seeking employment. Firstly, it’s important to project confidence and passion for the job in the resume. Emphasize the acquired skills and how valuable they are in the current job opening. Secondly, focus on the future and highlight how the experience gained from managing household duties has strengthened you as a candidate. Finally, address any stigma head-on by highlighting a successful transition back into the workforce in the past or by engaging in activities that help to address the stigma.

Creating a resume as a stay-at-home mother is a challenging task. However, by identifying transferable skills, filling employment gaps, and addressing potential stigmas head-on, it is possible to create a winning resume that highlights a candidate’s strengths and makes them stand out to prospective employers.

Understanding the Different Resume Formats

When it comes to creating a resume, there are three main formats that you can use: the chronological resume format, the functional resume format, and the combination resume format.

Chronological Resume Format

The chronological resume format is the most traditional format and is the one that many people are familiar with. This format lists your work history in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent position and working backward. This is a great format to use if you have a strong work history with no employment gaps.

Functional Resume Format

The functional resume format, on the other hand, focuses on your skills and abilities rather than your work history. This format is great for those who may have gaps in their employment history, those who are changing careers, or those who have relevant volunteering experience.

Combination Resume Format

The combination resume format combines aspects of both the chronological and functional resume formats. It highlights your skills and abilities while also listing your work history in reverse chronological order. This is a great format to use if you want to showcase your skills and experience while also providing a comprehensive overview of your work history.

Selecting the Right Format for Stay-at-Home Moms

As a stay-at-home mom, selecting the right resume format is crucial. Depending on your individual circumstances, each format may have its unique advantages. If you have recent work experience and no gaps in employment, the chronological resume format is a great choice. However, if you have been out of the workforce for an extended period, the functional resume format may better highlight your skills and abilities.

Another option to consider is the combination resume format. This format will allow you to showcase your skillset while also providing a chronological overview of your work history.

No matter which format you choose, make sure to tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. Focus on highlighting the skills and experiences that are most relevant to the position, and use keywords from the job description.

It’s essential to choose the right resume format that effectively showcases your skills and work history as a stay-at-home mom. Take the time to analyze your individual circumstances, and select the format that best meets your needs. Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for, and you’ll increase your chances of landing that dream job.

Crafting an Effective Summary Statement

As a stay-at-home mom, crafting an effective summary statement on your resume can be a game-changer. A summary statement is a brief, concise paragraph at the top of your resume that highlights your skills, experience, and achievements. It serves as an opening statement and provides prospective employers with an overview of your qualifications.

What is a Summary Statement?

A summary statement is a powerful tool for stay-at-home moms who are returning to the workforce. It’s a quick summary of your key skills, experience, and achievements that tells potential employers what you can bring to the table. An effective summary statement should be brief, clear, and compelling. It should entice the reader to learn more about your qualifications and experience.

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Importance of a Summary Statement

A summary statement plays a crucial role in helping you stand out in a crowded job market. It’s your chance to highlight your most impressive accomplishments and show potential employers that you have what it takes to excel in the job. A well-crafted summary statement can improve your chances of getting an interview, and ultimately, landing the job.

Tips for Crafting an Effective Summary Statement

Crafting an effective summary statement can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Here are some essential tips to help you create a compelling summary statement:

Keep it brief and to the point: A summary statement should be no more than 3-4 sentences long. It should be a quick overview of your skills, experience, and achievements.

Use keywords: Keywords are important in the summary statement because they help recruiters and hiring managers quickly determine if you have the skills required for the job.

Highlight your most relevant skills and experience: Focus on the skills and experience that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Quantify your achievements: Use numbers and figures to quantify your achievements. This will give potential employers a better idea of what you’ve accomplished in your previous roles.

Customize for each job: Customize your summary statement for each job you apply for. Highlight the skills and experience that are most relevant to the position.

Use action verbs: Use action verbs to make your summary statement more dynamic and engaging.

By following these tips, you can create an effective summary statement that will make a lasting impression on potential employers.

Highlighting Transferable Skills

As a stay-at-home mom, you may have developed many skills while taking care of your family that can be applied in a professional work setting. These skills are known as transferable skills, and they are valuable for recruiters and hiring managers looking for candidates who can bring a unique set of abilities to the job.

Definition of transferable skills

Transferable skills are abilities that can be applied to different industries, roles, and job settings. They rely on your personal traits, such as your communication skills, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, and time management, rather than your technical qualifications. Recruiters and hiring managers are particularly interested in transferable skills because they add diversity and creativity to the workplace.

Examples of transferable skills relevant to stay-at-home moms

As a stay-at-home mom, you may have acquired several transferable skills without even realizing it. Consider the following examples:

  • Time management : As a stay-at-home mom, you need to manage your time effectively to take care of your children, household chores, and other responsibilities effectively. Time management is an excellent transferable skill that can be applied to a wide range of workplaces, such as project management, event planning, and customer service.
  • Communication : Stay-at-home moms interact with people from different backgrounds and personalities every day. You know how to communicate effectively with your children, partner, and family members, which is a transferable skill that can be applied to roles such as sales, marketing, and customer service.
  • Problem-solving : As a stay-at-home mom, you face different challenges and problems every day, such as managing your budget, keeping your children safe and healthy, and managing the household. Problem-solving is a valuable transferable skill that can be applied to roles such as logistics, operations, engineering, and finance.
  • Leadership : Stay-at-home moms often take the lead in raising their children, managing their household, and completing tasks. Leadership is a transferable skill that can be applied to many settings, such as management, team leading, and executive roles.
  • Emotional intelligence : As a stay-at-home mom, you need to be emotionally intelligent to understand your children’s needs, manage conflicts with your partner, and handle stress and frustration. Emotional intelligence is a transferable skill that can be applied to roles such as counseling, human resources, and coaching.

Incorporating transferable skills into a resume

When writing your resume, make sure to highlight your transferable skills as they can make you stand out from other candidates. Start by identifying the skills you have developed while taking care of your family or other activities outside of work.

Next, tailor your resume to match the job description and mention how your transferable skills can benefit the employer. Use specific examples to showcase your skills, such as “Managed a household budget of $X for Y years” or “Led a team of X volunteers to complete Y project.

Showcasing Accomplishments with Action Words

As a stay-at-home mom, it’s crucial to showcase your accomplishments in your resume. And one effective way to do this is by using action words. Action words help you communicate your skills and achievements more effectively and convey a sense of energy and accomplishment.

Importance of Action Words in a Resume

Recruiters and hiring managers often receive numerous resumes for every job opening, and they have limited time to evaluate each one. This is where action words can make a big difference. Studies have shown that using action words in your resume can increase your chances of getting hired by up to 80%.

Action words also help your resume to stand out from others. Recruiters appreciate resumes that are well-written, concise, and easy to read. Therefore, using the right action words can help you make a good impression and get noticed.

Examples of Action Words

Here are some examples of action words that you can use in your stay-at-home mom resume:

  • Managed: If you’ve been in charge of your household, you can use “managed” to showcase your leadership skills.
  • Developed: If you’ve started a side business, “developed” can highlight your entrepreneurship skills.
  • Organized: If you’ve been organizing community events or school functions, “organized” can demonstrate your planning abilities.
  • Coordinated: If you’ve been coordinating volunteer activities, “coordinated” can highlight your communication and collaboration skills.
  • Trained: If you’ve been teaching your children or others, you can use “trained” to showcase your teaching skills.
  • Advocated: If you’ve been involved in advocacy work or political campaigns, “advocated” can show your passion for causes.

When showcasing your accomplishments using action words, it’s essential to be specific and quantify your achievements whenever possible. Here are some examples of how you can use action words to showcase your accomplishments:

  • “Managed household activities.”
  • “Managed household activities for five family members, including meal planning, budgeting, and scheduling, resulting in a 30% reduction in overall household expenses.”
  • “Organized community events.”
  • “Organized three community events per year, each with an audience of 100+ attendees, resulting in $10,000+ in donations to local charities.”
  • “Advocated for social justice.”
  • “Advocated for social justice by organizing and leading protests, resulting in national media coverage and 1,000+ attendees at events.”

Remember that your accomplishments should demonstrate your skills and expertise relevant to the job you’re applying for. Therefore, it’s important to tailor your resume to the specific job requirements and use action words that reflect those skills.

Using action words in your stay-at-home mom resume is a vital part of showcasing your accomplishments effectively.

Emphasizing Education and Training

When it comes to creating a resume, highlighting your education and training can be critical, especially if you’re a stay-at-home mom returning to the workforce. These details not only show your qualifications but also demonstrate your commitment to growing your skills and staying current with industry trends.

Importance of Education and Training in a Resume

Including education and training helps demonstrate that you are qualified for the position you are applying for. It shows that you have the minimum level of knowledge required for the job and can help you stand out in a competitive job market. If you have obtained additional certifications or completed training programs, it is essential to include them in your resume as they indicate your commitment to your profession and your initiative to keep learning.

Identifying Relevant Education and Training

It is important to make sure that the education and training you list in your resume are relevant to the position you are applying for. A good rule of thumb is to include any educational achievement that may be required for the position or any certifications that show mastery in the required skillset. It is also important to think outside the box and look for qualifications that could be transferable to the position you are applying for.

If you are returning to the workforce, your recent education and training might not be related to the position you are applying for. However, you can highlight the skills you gained and how they can be applied in a different field. For example, if you completed a course on data analysis, you can highlight your problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to analyze data that can assist you in the new role you are applying for.

Highlighting Education and Training in a Resume

When including education and training in your resume, it is important to list them in reverse-chronological order, starting with your most recent achievement. Consider creating a separate section for your education and training that emphasizes your accomplishments and the skills and knowledge you gained from them.

Make sure to include the name of the program or institution, the year(s) you attended, and the achievements or certifications you received. You can also highlight any relevant coursework or focus areas that can differentiate you from other candidates.

Your education and training can be a significant selling point of your resume, especially if you are returning to the workforce as a stay-at-home mom. Identifying your qualifications that are relevant to the position you are applying for and highlighting your achievements can showcase your value as an asset to any prospective employer.

Addressing Employment Gaps in a Resume

When crafting a resume, it can be challenging to address gaps in employment. Whether it’s due to time off to raise children, illness, or other reasons, an unexplained or unclear gap can raise questions for potential employers.

Explanation of Employment Gaps

Firstly, it’s essential to explain the reason for any employment gaps clearly. Leaving a gap unaddressed can lead to potential employers assuming the worst about your work history. Be honest about why you took time off, but don’t overshare. It’s not necessary to provide personal details or to highlight the negative aspects of the gap.

Addressing Gaps with Honesty and Professionalism

It’s important to approach any gaps in your resume with honesty and professionalism. Be confident when explaining the reasons for any absences and how you stayed engaged in personal growth or continued learning during this time. Remember, spending time raising children or taking care of a family member is valuable experience that employers can appreciate.

Tips for Minimizing the Impact of Employment Gaps

Although gaps in employment can be worrisome for employers, there are several ways to minimize their impact on your resume:

Be strategic with your resume format: Consider using a functional resume format. This format emphasizes your skills and accomplishments rather than listing your work experience chronologically. This approach can shift the emphasis away from gaps in employment and highlight your strengths.

Use positive language: When describing the reason for the employment gap, avoid negative language. Instead, focus on the personal and professional growth you gained during this time.

Highlight on-going learning opportunities: Explain how you stayed engaged in personal or professional growth during the gap period. Include any online courses or certifications you obtained during this time.

Address the gap in your cover letter: Use your cover letter to address the employment gap briefly. Let the employer know the steps you took during this time to maintain your skills and stay engaged professionally.

Networking: Networking can help you overcome the stigma of employment gaps. Attend professional events and job fairs to potentially connect with employers who may overlook an employment gap if you impress them with your skills and experience.

Employment gaps can cause concern for potential employers, but there are ways to frame these gaps in a positive light in your resume. Be honest and professional when explaining the reasons behind the gap and highlight any on-going learning opportunities during this time. Follow the tips mentioned above, and you’ll be sure to minimize the impact of your employment gaps on your resume.

Incorporating Volunteer Work and Community Involvement

As a stay-at-home mom, volunteering can be a great way to stay active, involved in the community, and gain valuable experience to add to your resume. Volunteer work is any activity that offers your time, skills, and abilities to others with no expectation of financial gain.

Examples of volunteer work relevant to stay-at-home moms

There are many volunteer opportunities available that can be relevant to stay-at-home moms. Here are some examples:

School volunteering:  You can volunteer at your child’s school to assist with reading, math, or other subjects, help with field trips, or organize events like book fairs or fundraisers.

Religious organizations:  If you belong to a religious group, you can help with events, teach classes, or volunteer in soup kitchens or other programs.

Non-profit organizations:  Many non-profit organizations accept volunteers to help with fundraising, event planning, grant writing, or administrative tasks.

Community service organizations:  There are community service organizations like food banks, shelters, and hospitals that need volunteers to help with various tasks.

Professional organizations:  Many professional organizations have volunteer opportunities, such as speaking at conferences or mentoring others in your industry.

Tips for incorporating volunteer work into a resume

Here are some tips on how to incorporate your volunteer work into your resume:

Include relevant skills and accomplishments.  When describing your volunteer work, highlight the skills you learned and the accomplishments you achieved. For example: “Successfully organized a school fundraiser that raised $10,000 in donations.”

Use active language.  Use active verbs to describe your volunteer work and make it sound more impressive. For example: “Coordinated a team of 10 volunteers to deliver meals to 100 seniors in our community.”

Make it easy to read.  Use bullet points to break up your volunteer experience and make it easier to read.

Identify transferable skills.  Identify transferable skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a customer service position, highlight your experience working with people in your volunteer work.

Quantify your impact.  Use numbers to quantify your impact and make it more impressive. For example: “Increased volunteer participation by 20% by implementing a new recruitment strategy.”

Volunteer work is a great way for stay-at-home moms to gain valuable experience, stay involved in the community, and add to their resume. With the right strategies, you can effectively incorporate your volunteer work into your resume and impress potential employers.

Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

When it comes to applying for a job, a cover letter is just as important as your resume. A cover letter is your chance to introduce yourself to the employer, showcase your skills and qualifications, and explain why you are the best candidate for the job. It is an essential part of the job application process, and as a stay-at-home mom, it can help you overcome any gaps in your employment history.

Here are some tips for crafting an effective cover letter:

Importance of a cover letter

Introduce yourself: Your cover letter should introduce you to the employer and explain your interest in the job. Use this opportunity to showcase your personality and explain how you can add value to the company.

Highlight your qualifications: Your cover letter should highlight your qualifications and skills that are relevant to the job. Make sure to match your skills with the job requirements and explain how your experiences can benefit the employer.

Explain any gaps in your employment: Your cover letter is the perfect opportunity to explain any gaps in your employment history, especially as a stay-at-home mom. Emphasize your willingness to learn and your commitment to the job.

Tips for crafting an effective cover letter

Customize your cover letter: Don’t use a generic cover letter for every job application. Customize it to match the job description and the company’s culture.

Keep it concise: Your cover letter should be short and to the point. Avoid lengthy paragraphs and use bullet points to highlight your skills and experiences.

Proofread and edit: Make sure to proofread and edit your cover letter for any errors or typos. A well-written cover letter can set you apart from other applicants.

Examples of cover letter for stay-at-home moms

Dear Hiring Manager,

As a stay-at-home mom for the past few years, I am excited to apply for the position of customer service representative at ABC Company. I have developed excellent communication and organizational skills, and I am confident that my experiences as a mom can translate to success in this role.

I believe my ability to multitask, work under pressure, and solve problems quickly can benefit your company. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a team who values teamwork and communication.

Thank you for considering my application. I am eager to discuss my qualifications further and learn more about the position.

[Your Name]

A well-written cover letter can make all the difference when it comes to getting hired. As a stay-at-home mom, don’t be afraid to showcase how your experiences and skills can translate into success in the workplace. By following these tips and using examples, you can craft an effective cover letter that highlights your strengths and qualifications.

Resume Examples for Stay-at-Home Moms

If you are a stay-at-home mom planning to re-enter the workforce, creating a well-structured and informative resume is critical. A good resume can help you to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of securing the job you want. Here are three types of resume examples for stay-at-home moms:

1. Chronological Resume Examples for Stay-at-Home Moms

Chronological resumes are the most traditional and commonly used resume format. They list your work experience in chronological order, starting with your most recent job. A chronological resume is ideal if you have a solid work history with no gaps, and you want to focus on your professional experience rather than your skills.

Full Name Address, City, State, ZIP Phone Number Email Address

Experienced stay-at-home mom with strong organizational and multitasking skills. Proven ability to manage household responsibilities and support family members effectively. Seeking an opportunity to utilize my skills and contribute to a professional work environment.

Work Experience

Homemaker and Caregiver City, State Dates

  • Managed household responsibilities including budgeting, meal planning, and scheduling appointments.
  • Provided childcare, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment for children.
  • Organized family events and coordinated logistics for gatherings.

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer Coordinator Nonprofit Organization City, State Dates

  • Recruited and trained volunteers for various projects and events.
  • Managed volunteer schedules and coordinated their tasks.
  • Developed and implemented volunteer recognition initiatives.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology University Name City, State Graduation Year

As a stay-at-home mom, you can still use this format by listing your experience as a homemaker, volunteer work, or any other relevant activities you have been engaged in. Make sure to give a detailed description of your duties and achievements.

2. Functional Resume Examples for Stay-at-Home Moms

Functional resumes focus on your skills rather than your work experience. This format is ideal if you have gaps in your work history or you have been out of the workforce for a while. A functional resume highlights your transferable skills and achievements, providing a comprehensive summary of your abilities.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Highly skilled in time management, multitasking, and problem-solving.
  • Strong organizational abilities with the ability to prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication

Professional Experience

Freelance Event Planning City, State Dates

  • Successfully planned and executed events, including weddings and parties.
  • Managed budgets, coordinated vendors, and ensured client satisfaction.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Community Outreach Nonprofit Organization City, State Dates

  • Assisted in organizing community events and fundraising activities.
  • Collaborated with team members to achieve project goals.
  • Utilized excellent communication skills to engage and mobilize volunteers.

Associate’s Degree in Business Administration College Name City, State Graduation Year

Stay-at-home moms can use this format to highlight their skills in managing time, multitasking, and problem-solving. When creating a functional resume, prioritize and emphasize the skills required for the job you are applying for.

3. Combination Resume Examples for Stay-at-Home Moms

As the name suggests, a combination resume is a hybrid of both chronological and functional formats. It highlights both your skills and your work history, providing a complete picture of your professional experience.

Dedicated stay-at-home mom with a strong background in managing household responsibilities and a track record of effective multitasking. Skilled in organizing and coordinating activities, with a focus on maintaining a positive and nurturing environment. Seeking an opportunity to apply my skills and contribute to a dynamic work setting.

  • Household management
  • Event planning
  • Team coordination

Homemaker City, State Dates

  • Managed household operations, including budgeting, meal planning, and scheduling.
  • Oversaw the coordination of family activities and events.
  • Maintained open and effective communication with family members.

Event Coordinator Nonprofit Organization City, State Dates

  • Organized and executed fundraising events, including logistics and budgeting.
  • Coordinated volunteers and delegated tasks to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Utilized strong interpersonal skills to build relationships with stakeholders.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration University Name City, State Graduation Year

This format is ideal for stay-at-home moms who want to emphasize their skills while also highlighting their work experience, even if it has been a while. Make sure to give a detailed description of your skills and achievements, and prioritize the ones most relevant to the job you are applying for.

Creating a resume as a stay-at-home mom can be challenging, but with the right approach, you can craft a document that highlights your skills and experience, making you a competitive candidate in the job market. Remember to keep your resume concise, relevant, and error-free, and tailor it to the job you are applying for. Good luck!

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Wondering how to put a stay-at-home mom experience on your resume? 

Keep reading to find out.

Getting back into the workforce is tough for stay-at-home moms. And it doesn’t matter whether you’ve been a stay-at-home mom for a few years or since your child was born.

Employers don’t like to see gaps in a resume.

The crazy thing is that stay-at-home moms work tirelessly every single day, even though they’re not working in an office.

So how can you use the skills and experience you’ve earned from being a stay-at-home mom to your advantage?

In this article, I’m going to help you describe some of your skills, experience, and duties to help you craft the perfect resume. 

I’m also going to share with you a sample resume for a stay-at-home mom that puts all these things together.

Let’s take a look at some of the frequently asked questions stay-at-home moms run into when trying to create a resume.

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FAQs About Creating A Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

How do you say “stay-at-home parent” on a resume .

The professional term for a stay-at-home mom is a house manager or a homemaker. When creating a resume as a stay-at-home mom, it’s important that you use the professional term. 

Doing so will help your potential employer to see you as someone who’s not ashamed of your role as a stay-at-home mom.

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How do you describe the duties of a stay-at-home mom on a resume?

When describing your duties as a stay-at-home mom on a resume, try to list those duties that can be used as transferable skills in the mainstream job market.

Don’t just list the obvious ones like cooking, cleaning, and childcare. Those are important, but employers really want to see that you have the skills and experience needed to perform that particular job you’re applying for.

Some stay-at-home mom duties that can be used as experience on a resume include; teaching and tutoring, household accounting, School event planning, Scheduling appointments, Keeping track of multiple schedules, etc.

Let’s discuss each skill further below

List of Stay-at-Home Mom Duties For Resume

Teaching and tutoring.

One of the most important duties of a stay-at-home mom is to teach her children. 

As moms, we teach them morals and how to follow rules and directions. We teach them how to be responsible for themselves, their siblings, and their properties.

Besides teaching them all these things, we also help with homework and create class projects. Some stay-at-home moms take it even further and homeschool their kids. 

All of these things take hard work and dedication, and it’s something to be proud of. In fact, a study done in Norway proved that kids who have stay-at-home parents do much better in school ( source ). 

So when you’re creating your resume, make sure you include this important duty on the list.

Household Accountant

If the job you’re applying for requires you to be good with numbers, then you should definitely include Household Accountant on the list of stay-at-home mom duties.

Most SAHMs are responsible for handling the finances of their family.

They create a monthly budget for food, clothes, and other necessities. When shopping, they keep track of the numbers to make sure they don’t overspend. 

They make sure the bills are paid on time. They also make sure they have enough money left at the end of the month for their savings.

If you do any of these things as a stay-at-home mom, then you should list them as a duty on your resume.

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Event Planner

If you’ve ever helped plan a school fundraiser, bake sale, play, or any other school event, then you can list Event Planner as a duty on your resume.

I’ve helped plan school field trips, bake sales, and Halloween parties a few times in my life. The skill required to do those things is the same one required to plan an office event.

To plan an event, you need to be someone who thinks ahead and can anticipate people’s needs. You have to be able to communicate with multiple different people in other to get the job done.

If this sounds like you, then make sure you list Event Planner as part of your stay-at-home mom duty on your resume.

Appointment Scheduler

If you’re planning to work as a receptionist or in a position where you’ll be scheduling appointments, then make sure to include Appointment Scheduler on your list of SAHM duties.

As stay-at-home moms, our days are filled with appointments we have to take our kids to. From doctor’s appointments to dance practice, we’re always on the move.

It takes real skill to plan out the month ahead with everyone’s appointments and schedules, without creating a conflict.

We may make it look easy but it’s hard work. 

That’s what a receptionist does on a daily basis in an office. We do it for all our kids and sometimes for our spouses too.

So make sure you include this stay-at-home mom duty on your resume.

Home Caretaker 

Including your duty as a Home Caretaker in your resume is only important if it relates to the job you’re applying for.

It doesn’t make sense to put it in your stay-at-home mom resume if you’re applying to become a radiologist for example. 

If this skill is relevant to your future position, then highlight all you do to care for your home. 

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Cooking and Meal Prep 

As I said before, this stay-at-home mom duty is only relevant if you’re applying for a job in the food industry.

If that’s the case, then make sure your resume highlights the different cuisines you can cook. Also, highlight your baking skills in your resume as well. 

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Stay-at-home Mom Skills For Resume

Wondering what skills you should put in your resume as a stay-at-home mom? The list below might help. 

Here are some skills stay-at-home moms have that you can include in your resume: time management, quick thinking, social media management, entrepreneurship, great communication, conflict resolution, etc.

Let’s break each one down to understand it better.

Time management

Time Management is an important skill required to be a stay-at-home mom. 

You have to keep track of which kid needs to nap and at what time. When to bathe and feed your kids breakfast, Lunch, and dinner.

On top of all that, you’re also juggling multiple schedules for after-school activities.

I’m sure there are more time management things I’m not listing here but you get the picture. Time management is definitely an important skill to list in your resume as a stay-at-home mom 

Decision-Making Skill

The ability to make quick decisions on the go is critical to surviving as a stay-at-home mom. When you have a million tasks to complete in a day, you’ll need to make decisions about each one of them

This will require you to put things in order of priority so you know which to complete first. 

This skill will be very valuable in a work environment that requires people to think on their feet. If that’s the kind of job you’re applying for, then you should add decision-making as a skill on your resume as a stay-at-home mom.

Organizational Skill

A stay-at-home mom that isn’t organized will be easily overwhelmed. Being organized will help you plan your day more effectively and get more tasks done.

Organizational skills come with everyday practice, and that’s what stay-at-home moms have perfected.

We keep our homes organized using many different strategies. To get the kids ready for school in the morning, we have to prep lunches, iron clothes, and plan for the next day. 

There’s so much that goes into having a neat and organized home. Every stay-at-home mom should put this skill on their resume.

Communication skill

To make it in any job out there, you’ll need to have good communication skills. 

Our job requires us to communicate with our kids, their teachers, our spouse, and others to ensure that our family runs smoothly.

When you create your resume, make sure that you explain how you use this skill each day as a stay-at-home mom.

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Empathy is a huge skill that’s critical in the healthcare industry and those that deal with customers directly.

Empathy means being able to place yourself in someone else’s shoes.

As stay-at-home moms, we use this skill of Empathy every day.

When dealing with our children, we listen and speak with empathy. We use empathy when dealing with our spouses and other family members. So make sure to add this skill to your stay-at-home mom resume.


I included entrepreneurship as a skill because a lot of stay-at-home moms have a side hustle.

On top of caring for our family full-time, we also run our own business or do something on the side to make extra money.

We sell on Etsy, deliver for DoorDash, drive for Uber, and so much more. That’s not an easy task and it should be highlighted in your resume.

This will show your potential employer that you’re resourceful. It shows that you know how to find creative solutions to problems.

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Conflict Resolution

If you’ve ever broken up a fight between your kids, had a conversation with them about an existential crisis, or helped them make a tough decision, then you’re a master in Conflict Resolution.

A conflict doesn’t have to involve a disagreement. It’s the ability to think through a difficult situation to find a solution. 

Every parent has had to do this at some point in their kid’s life. This is a skill that a lot of employers look for when hiring for a position.

That means you should definitely put this skill in your resume as a stay-at-home mom.

Social Media Management 

Do you have huge followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or another social network? If so, then highlight that on your stay-at-home mom resume.

Your ability to manage your social media sites might impress some employers. Especially if you’re applying for a marketing position. 

This will show that you know how to network and reach a variety of people. 

Leadership Skills

As a stay-at-home mom, you’re the leader of your household. 

It’s your job to raise your children to become the best person they can be and that requires strong leadership skills. 

You can also show that you have leadership skills by referencing any programs that you lead.

Examples are; choir leader, parent-teacher leader, troop leader, etc. 

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Time management 

Time management is one of the most important skills a stay-at-home mom has. 

To run a household, you need to be able to fit all your responsibilities into a few hours a day. This is because the rest of your time will be spent taking care of the kids. 

To manage their time, stay-at-home moms make use of planners and calendars frequently. You won’t survive daily life without them. 

That’s why you should add time management to your resume as a stay-at-home mom. 

Planning Skills

Planning is the ability to think ahead in order to prepare for future events.

Stay-at-home moms should put this skill on their resumes because they do this every day.

Here’s a small list of things that requires planning for in a family.

Meals require planning. Some moms take it to an extreme and plan meals a month in advance. We plan activities for the family on weekends and educational activities during the week.

We also plan playdates and family visits as well. 

Being able to plan ahead is a skill that would be valuable in any industry.

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Scheduling Skills 

Planning and scheduling go hand in hand. 

If you plan trips and events without taking the necessary steps to get things scheduled, then those events won’t happen.

As stay-at-home moms, we’re always scheduling appointments, events, and activities to help our family run smoother.

Computer Skills

If you can use the computer for typing, emailing, and other forms of communication, then you have some computer skills.

Some stay-at-home moms use the computer to make worksheets for their kids. Others use track household expenses with Excel.

Make sure you include this stay-at-home mom skill on your resume if you do any of these things.

Having good computer skills will help you in the job market. 

You can also take classes on Skillshare for Excel, Word, and PowerPoint if your future job requires it. 

Now that you know what skills to add to your resume as a stay-at-home mom, let’s take a look at some tips on creating your resume 

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Tips on How To Write a Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Highlight your bilingual skills .

If you speak another language other than English, it could be an asset to your future employer.

Sales jobs and others that deal with customers usually value bilingual employees. 

Make sure that you list this as part of your skills in your stay-at-home mom resume.

Get a new certification

If you’ve been a stay-at-home mom for a long time, your certification may have become outdated. 

You may need to get a new certification or license. You may also need to take a continuing education course to be considered for the job. 

I recommend using Skillshare to find courses or certifications that may fit the requirements for the job you want.

Getting a new certification will help elevate your resume and help you stand out among others.

Sometimes it may be better to go back to school for a new degree if you have no prior education.

Check out  20 Best Careers After Being A Stay-at-home Mom to see some possible career options.

Include any volunteer work 

You’ll be surprised how much skill you can acquire from volunteering. 

Through volunteering, you may be able to get the necessary qualifications for the job you’re trying to apply for. 

If you want to work in healthcare, try volunteering in a hospital. If it’s IT you want, then volunteer at a computer repair store. 

When you’re done, don’t forget to include those skills in your stay-at-home mom resume. 

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Include your educational experience 

If you have an educational experience that’s relevant to the job, you should list those first. 

Recruiters won’t care about the fact that you’ve been out of the job market for years if you can show that you have education and some experience. 

Include freelance work experience 

If you’ve freelanced before and have acquired skills that could work for the job you’re applying for then include them. 

Every stay-at-home mom I know does a side hustle to make money. 

Some sell on Etsy, do Uber, write articles for blogs, and others have a small business they run. 

To improve your stay-at-home mom resume, you need as much relevant experience as possible. 

You can get that by freelancing. 

Try looking for freelance work in your desired industry and offer your services. You’d be surprised who will hire you. 

List your relevant work experience first 

You don’t need to start your resume listing that you were a stay-at-home mom, except if it’s relevant to the job.

If you start your stay-at-home mom resume in reverse chronological order, then you can put your most relevant experience at the beginning and work your way down. 

On average, recruiters take about 6-7 seconds to scan a resume ( source ). This means that you have a short window to put your best foot forward. 

Showing your qualification, education, and experience is what recruiters are looking for. 

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Be open and honest when asked about your resume gap

If you’re asked about the gap in your resume, don’t try to hide anything.

Simply explain that you took some years off to raise your kids as a stay-at-home mom. 

Explain that you acquired a lot of skills as a SAHM that you will bring to the table for this new job. 

Talk about certifications you’ve earned, courses you took, volunteer work, and other things you did to stay relevant in the field during your time off.

Stay-at-Home Mom Resume Template – With Example

Here’s a sample stay-at-home mom resume I created to help you. 

Feel free to use my template to craft your own. You can download it by clicking the download below.

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Sample Stay-at-home Mom Resume

Let’s pretend you’re applying for a job as a customer service representative. You’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 5 years, and now want to get back into the workforce. 

Here’s what your stay-at-home mom resume should look like. 

Name : Susan Johnson

Phone number: 111-222-3456

Location : NY, NY

LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/Susan.Johnson 

Career Objective 

I’m passionate about helping people solve problems using various conflict resolution strategies I’ve acquired over the years. I’m seeking to use my experience in the service industry to help provide quality customer service to clients in your company.

Work Experience 

Waitress/Greeter         2014-2017

Iced Tea Cafe 

  • Provided good customer service as a waitress and server
  • Welcomed patrons into the restaurant as a greeter

Store Associate  

Wendy’s Department Store     2018-2019

  • helped customers find desired items in the store 
  • Worked the register as a sales associate 


Lyft, Etsy, DoorDash 2019 – Present

  • I create and sell hair bows on Etsy
  • Deal with customer inquiries 
  • Provide great customer service to ensure customer satisfaction
  • I have great reviews on Lyft for my good customer service.

Stay-at-Home Mom 2019 – Present

  • Work with parents and teachers to host PTA meetings to discuss ways to improve school culture.
  • Work with parents, teachers, and students to put on the annual school play. 

Volunteer Work

  • American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Speaker
  • School anti-smoking speaker 
  • Church receptionist 
  • list all educational institutions you’ve attended. 

Relevant Courses

  • include any courses that you’ve taken to help prepare you to deal with customers.
  • Check out Skillshare for courses you can take to improve your skills
  • choose any of the stay-at-home mom skills listed above and summarize them in bullets here.

Final Thoughts On Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Getting back into the job market after being a stay-at-home mom is not easy. I’m sure you’re filled with a lot of anxiety about whether you can perform any other job that’s not in the Homemaker role.

I’m here to let you know that your fears are valid.

Continue to apply for that dream job you want until you get a YES. Don’t ever give up.

As they say, you’ll never know how close you are to succeeding if you quit before it’s done.

My suggestion is to tweak your resume, volunteer and get as much transferrable skills as possible to earn you that dream job.

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Stay-At-Home Mom Resume Examples

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Home Staying Resume Samples

1. Stay-at-home mom seeking administrative role:

Resume summary statement:

Highly organized and responsible office administrator seeking a new role in the sector after a career gap of 3-years focused on raising a young family.

  • Planned and scheduled all meetings and outside appointments
  • Assisted senior management and other staff members with invoice payment for necessary expenditures
  • Created, entered and organized data within the company database
  • Managed company inventory on a bi-monthly basis

2. Stay-at-home mom experience seeking a bookkeeping role without prior experience:

Flexible, focused, motivated, and recently qualified bookkeeper, seeking opportunities for a new career direction in this sector.

  • Strong skills in delegation and prioritization
  • Responsible multitasker with a flexible approach to problem-solving
  • Handled all bookkeeping tasks for a local church during a summer festival
  • Experienced with budgeting and scheduling

Stay-At-Home Mom Resume Vocabulary & Writing Tips

Using targeted vocabulary is important on almost any resume these days. Most employers currently use special  applicant tracking software (ATS)  in order to make sure resumes demonstrate enough expertise and industry specific knowledge before they are read by a human recruiter.

In the case of stay-at-home moms returning to the workforce, it’s essential to correctly target your career sector of choice with  the right terms and action verbs . However, there are a number of key expressions which will be applicable to all parents in this position no matter the sector.

Words to Use

  • Problem solving
  • Attention-to-detail
  • Adminstration
  • Enthusiastic
  • Preparation
  • Multi-tasking
  • Collaboration
  • Responsible

Action Verbs

  • Communicate

Stay-At-Home Mom Resume Tips and Ideas

During the formative years of your child’s life,  motherhood is itself a full time job . However, as he or she grows and a transition back into the workforce becomes a possibility, you may feel daunted by the gaps in your work experience that stay-at-home parents often have.

Nonetheless, there’s no need to panic. By creating  a smart stay-at-home mom resume that addresses this period of downtime in your career,  you can re-enter the labor market more smoothly.

If you’re not sure how to write a resume that carefully  explains your expertise in your chosen field and delicately describes your recent period of maternity leave , don’t worry. The following guide will give you a crash course on how to structure, write and present a stay-at-home mother resume that will resonate with employers. Combine these tips with our expert  resume generator  and you’ll be able to create the perfect resume to get your career back on track.

  • Recommended:  Chronological
  • No career experience:  Functional
  • Write in a size 12 neutral font
  • Use clear headers and subheaders
  • Add some neutral colors to borders and dividing lines
  • Choose a clear and tidy template
  • Break up information heavy text into bullet points
  • Contact information
  • Resume summary

Work experience


  • Volunteering
  • Certifications and courses
  • Hobbies and interests

Resume Length

1-2 x letter pages (8.5” x 11”)

Unlike many other types of resume, you may need a different approach in the format structure you use. As most stay-at-home moms are  out of the workforce for months or years at a time , a  reverse chronological resume  format isn’t the most ideal one to choose. This form of resume is normally most effective as it highlights your most recent work experience. However, if your last job wasn’t very recent, then it could work as a disadvantage.

Instead, it’s better to use another sort of resume, such as a  functional  or  combination format . These both place  more emphasis on your skills and expertise  in the subject matter. They will still detail your work experience, however, their focus is much more on your abilities. This will give a hiring manager a much better incentive to consider you for the role on offer, than your career experience alone.

Whilst your stay-at-home mom resume for a return to work should read well, it also needs to look good. Whilst it doesn’t need to be a work of conceptual art you should  work to make sure that it is an attractive, tidy and easy to read the document .

First of all, write the informative text in a size 12, easy-to-read text. It’s best to stick to tried and tested fonts, such as  Arial, Calibri or Time New Roman  as these are simpler to scan-read. However, you can use a little more creative license with the headers and subheaders on the page. These can be written in a bigger text and more artistic fonts to make each section stand out and make the structure clearer to understand.

The template you choose should be able to present all the information you need to  fit on the page, cleanly and tidily . However, to make it that little bit more attractive, and therefore eye-catching to the recruiter, use some neutral color in the borders, headers and dividing lines.

In most careers across the USA,  a profile photo on your resume isn’t expected . This is due to strict employment discrimination laws, which recruiters will be eager to avoid breaking. Therefore this is rarely a requirement and adding a photo could even be disadvantageous to your application.

Sections of a Stay-At-Home Mom Resume

Employers sitting down to read your resume will want to see you best and most employable qualities first and foremostly. You, therefore, should seek to include the following  essential sections  on your resumes:

However, while you are on maternity leave, there are many activities and achievements you can also detail. These are especially important when you’re returning to work after a period of more than 4 months. Therefore, where relevant, you should seek to  include one or more of the following optional sections :

Your resume in any situation should be short and concise. In the case of a stay-at-home mom, this also rings true. It’s recommended you keep your document to just  a single letter page of 8.5” x 11” . However, if you have experience, achievements or qualifications that are essential, and push the text to over 2 pages, this is also possible. Overall though, the less dense your resume is the better, as many recruiters won’t read past one page.

Stay-At-Home Mom Resume Section Headings

There are many strategies you can use to  address the gap in your career history  during your maternity leave. One of the best places to explain these spaces in your work experience is in your  career objective  or  resume summary  section.

This couple of sentences will not only allow you to explain your situation, but it will also help you highlight your most employable skills. Additionally, you can  use this section to restate your enthusiasm  for your previous career or to reenter the workforce, with a demonstrable passion that will be irresistible for an organization.

The  work experience section  on a stay-at-home mom resume is still highly important, although is quite different from the ones on conventional resumes. As always, you should still  seek to present the information about your previous roles in reverse chronological order  and include details, such as:

  • The name of the company
  • Your position title
  • The dates you were employed between
  • A list of your duties in the position

However, unlike other application documents, you may wish to include jobs from further back in your career, to  give a more complete picture of your expertise . Furthermore, any volunteering work and part-time work experience you’ve gained in the intervening months or years should be included. This is still practical work and is a demonstration of your eagerness to keep active professionally.

In many cases, the  skills section  of your return to the workforce resume will still  focus on the most employable abilities in your chosen career . One big difference is that your time away from the workforce can be used to further embellish your talents and abilities.

Let’s not forget, being a mother is work in itself, and there are  numerous practical skills that can be attained from your time looking after your baby . It’s a good idea to mention any skills you’ve attained during the months you were raising your children full time. In terms of  hard and soft skills  these could include:

Hard skills:

  • Organization and prioritization
  • Food preparation
  • Crisis management

Soft skills:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Communication
  • Time management
  • Responsibility

If you already hold a degree or relevant qualifications for the role you’re targeting, you should naturally include it in the  education section . However, bear in mind that  gaining a qualification or furthering your studies during your maternity leave  can also be a very encouraging sign to future employers.

There are many online courses in  relevant subjects such as accounting, marketing and administration  that can be completed online or in your own home whilst you’re taking care of your baby. Therefore, be sure to get this onto your resume, if this is the case.

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How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Reignite Their Career and Re-enter the Workforce

W hen I had my first child, I had a difficult decision to make: Do I stay home with my child, or do I put them in daycare while I work? Staying home sounded nice, but my family needed the income from both myself and my husband — especially with a newborn on the way. However, missing some of those crucial first moments with my child made me incredibly sad. What if I missed their first steps or their first words?

With the support of my loving husband, I decided to make my own way and work from home while raising a child. It was not easy, but I was determined to make it work. We made many sacrifices, but I count them all worth it. But unfortunately, many other women choose to step away from the workforce completely, not knowing what options are available.

Once the kids are grown and able to take care of themselves, that leaves many women wanting to return to their careers. A great way to do this is through a returnship — something that was not an option when I had my first child.

Related: On Momternships: Do Working Moms Really Need to Start From Scratch?

Understanding what a returnship is

A returnship is a unique opportunity designed for individuals who have taken a break from their careers and are looking to re-enter the workforce. It combines aspects of an internship and a full-time job, offering valuable work experience and a chance to update skills in a supportive environment. Unlike traditional internships, returnships are tailored for professionals with prior experience, allowing them to showcase their talents and bridge the gap in their resumes.

A returnship is for anyone who took a career break , but this arrangement can be particularly beneficial for busy moms who have taken time off to raise their children and are now ready to jump back into their careers. You can showcase all your previous experience, but you can also showcase what you've learned from being a mom which can include prioritizing, meeting deadlines and staying organized.

The pros and cons of a returnship for working mothers

Returnships can offer many benefits for working mothers looking to re-enter the workforce. On the positive side, a returnship provides a structured and supportive environment to refresh and update skills that may have been dormant during a career break. It allows moms to gain relevant work experience, build new connections and showcase their talents to potential employers.

Returnships also offer a chance to ease back into the professional world, providing a smoother transition from being a stay-at-home mom to a working professional. However, there can be downsides, too. Returnships may come with lower pay or limited opportunities for career advancement compared to regular positions; remember, at the end of the day, these are essentially internships and are treated as such. However, they provide a wonderful way for you to dip your toe back into the workforce, so to speak.

Related: Make Yours a Mom-friendly Business

Preparing yourself for a successful returnship

Returning to the workforce after a career break can be both exciting and daunting, especially for busy moms. To ensure a successful returnship experience, it's important to take some steps to prepare yourself. Working exclusively with moms, I can offer a few key words of advice if you are preparing to apply for a returnship.

First, update your skills and knowledge by enrolling in relevant courses or workshops. Take advantage of online resources and professional development opportunities to stay current in your industry. I understand that you may have a tight budget — there are many great resources online that are free through big names you already know about like YouTube and LinkedIn. Find what works best for you on your schedule.

Next, revamp your résumé and online presence to highlight your experience and skills. Tailor your résumé to fit the requirements of the returnship program or position you're interested in; this needs to be done for each position for which you apply. For example, if you apply for a marketing position, highlight relevant skills such as meeting deadlines. Then if you also apply for an accounting position, highlight skills such as attention to detail.

It never hurts to research the company offering the job and include some information in your application materials about them — this shows you are serious and spent time finding more details about the business. Additionally, in the age of social media, many companies will check your socials during the interview process. Take some time to update them and look at them through a professional lens.

Related: Successful 'Mompreneur' Shares Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance

Lastly, practice your interviewing skills and prepare thoughtful responses to common interview questions. You can find some of the most popular questions online with a quick search. Ask a family member or friend for help and have them stand in as the interviewer so you can practice with a real person. Remember to maintain eye contact. Be truthful about your experience; it is okay if you do not know the answer to a question! Just let the interviewer know you are not sure, but bring the question back to your relevant skills for the position.

If you are a busy mom looking to transition back into the workforce, then a returnship can be the perfect solution for you. They allow you to gain relevant skills, polish up some old ones and get you on the path back to a full-time career.

How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Reignite Their Career and Re-enter the Workforce


Looking for Stay-at-Home Mom Jobs? Start Here!

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If you’d like to go back to work but don’t like the idea of leaving your child in the care of a nursery or a minder, a job that allows you to work from home could be the perfect solution. Whether you’re looking to just bring in a little extra money or are considering taking the first steps in a new career, the possibilities are near endless.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about getting started with working from home, including the types of jobs available, what you can expect to earn, and where to find them. Let’s get going!

How Much Money Can You Make as a Stay-at-Home Mom?

The best stay-at-home mom jobs, how to get started finding a job as a stay-at-home mom, where can legitimate stay-at-home mom jobs be found, seamless work-life integration with findmykids app, other ways to make money from home.

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This is a similar question to “How long is a piece of string”! There are so many types of SAHM jobs out there, with varying hours and career progression paths, that there is no one answer. You could take up, for example, an easy freelance job working a few hours a week for some extra money, or choose a full-time virtual assistant post that comes with a very attractive salary.

In general, how much you can make in a stay-at-home mom job will depend on the type of job you take, its hours, skill level, and your relevant experience and qualifications. Plus, you may start in an entry-level post and quickly find yourself able to move up the ladder as your skills and experience build.

Freelance Writer

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $20 plus
  • Perfect For: Moms with a flair for writing who want flexibility

A freelance content writer is a great job for busy moms who dream of writing for a living and want a flexible job that’ll fit around their family. There are loads of jobs out there for content writers, with companies looking for both entry-level and seasoned writers. You’ll spend your time producing a variety of content, such as articles, blogs, and social media posts, and could work for a single company or multiple on a freelance basis.

As a freelancer, you’ll be able to choose the hours that work for you, and that fit around the children and general running of the household. If you find that you have more time once your little one is older, it’s easy to increase your workload or take on a new client or two.

To get started , it’s a great idea to sign up for an online freelance platform, where you can set up a profile and apply for jobs that take your fancy. If you’re new to the world of content writing, you could consider taking a few relatively low-paying, entry-level jobs to build up some experience (and testimonials) to get you up and running.

Online Tutor

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $18
  • Perfect For: Moms with a bachelor’s degree or who used to be teachers

If you’ve got expertise in a particular subject, monetize your knowledge by becoming an online tutor! This well-paying job would be perfect for someone who is able to build a good rapport with others and would love to pass on their skills.

While there is lots of flexibility in this job, it’s very likely you’ll have to commit to tutoring for a certain length of time, and conducting sessions on specific days and times. The great news is, however, that you can choose how to fit these around your mommy duties.

As with freelance writing, you can get started and find students by signing up to an online freelance platform and browsing the jobs available. You could also consider registering with an existing platform specifically for online tutors or setting up a website detailing your services.

Selling on Amazon

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $20 and upwards
  • Perfect For: Moms with a nose for a bargain!

One of the easiest stay-at-home mom jobs on this list is selling on Amazon, and it could see you earn an almost unlimited amount of money. You’ll need to be organized, have a great eye for detail, and have a brilliant eye for a bargain and what’s likely to sell well. Your task is to source products that you can sell for a profit on Amazon. It’s as simple as that: sell lots of items for a higher price than you purchased them for. This could be anything from kids’ toys to pet supplies!

If you don’t want to be stuck in front of your computer screen for hours, this job could be for you. While most “professional” sellers on Amazon make at least $12,000 a year, there are some super successful sellers out there making hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Sounds good, right?

Getting started is easy. Set yourself a budget—say $100—source some bargains, and see how much profit you can make by reselling them on Amazon. This will give you a great introduction to the activity, and you’ll get to find out whether you’ve got a good nose for a great sale.

Freelance Data Entry Clerk

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $19
  • Perfect For: Moms with an excellent eye for detail

As a freelance data entry clerk, you’ll be responsible for entering and recording digital information into a system, platform, or type of software. Transcription and transferring information from written sources to digital records may also be required.

To be a top data entry clerk you’ll need a fastidious eye for detail: a super high level of accuracy in your work will be required. You’ll also need fast typing skills, and the ability to find your way around new software and systems with confidence. This could be the perfect stay-at-home mom job for someone who’s new to the world of freelancing. As well as being a potentially lucrative, flexible role, it’s also a great gateway into other types of freelancing, such as proofreading, editing, and the provision of virtual PA services.

In terms of getting your foot in the door , you may wish to register with an online platform where you can browse the data entry jobs available. You could also send your resume and freelance details directly to the hiring department of a selection of companies—they may be happy to keep your name on file.

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $20
  • Perfect For: Moms seeking full-time SAHM work

If you’re interested in full-time stay-at-home mom job ideas, virtual PA (personal assistant) roles could be for you. Many virtual assistants are required to mirror the working hours of their managers, so a standard seven or eight-hour workday is normal for this role although, of course, part-time virtual PA roles are available, too.

A virtual PA typically provides a range of administrative and secretarial services to their clients. Plus, they’ll likely manage their boss’s diary, carry out research, help put together presentations and documents, organize meetings, create and distribute agendas and minutes, and act as a customer service representative.

To get started , create a great online presence by setting up shop on an online freelancing platform and an attractive website outlining your virtual PA services. Get networking, too—there are many businesses out there that could benefit from a virtual PA, even if they don’t realize this yet!

Freelance Bookkeeper or Accountant

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $11–$32
  • Perfect For: Moms who are super organized and great with numbers

This is a great role for moms who want the freedom to choose their clients and the amount of work they wish to take on each week. You may want to take on a single client who requires just a few hours of work a week, or a few clients, perhaps with more complex needs.

Just like a traditional bookkeeper or accountant, freelancers of this ilk will be responsible for tasks like approving accounts, chasing late invoice payments, generating financial statements, and calculating, preparing, and filing tax returns.

While it’s possible to offer bookkeeping services without qualifications or certifications, most businesses will require you to have at least a bachelor’s degree and the relevant licensing and certification in place if you wish to work in the world of accounting. It’s also likely that you’ll be required to have some experience in the role. If, right now, this is something you don’t have, you may wish to apply for an online accounting internship to get the sort of experience under your belt that’ll make you an attractive hire.

Work-from-Home Social Media Manager

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $14–$35
  • Perfect For: Moms with management experience, able to juggle lots of balls

This role is a great fit for those seeking stay-at-home mom jobs, as it requires the ability to multitask and juggle multiple balls: something that moms do naturally every day! As a social media manager, you’ll be in charge of your client’s social media presence across multiple channels and will have oversight over all the content posted. You’ll work with graphic designers and copywriters to help create engaging content and visuals, manage the brand’s social media content calendar, collaborate with affiliates and influencers, and respond to direct comments and messages. Monitoring engagement metrics and reach, and coming up with great ideas for content and campaigns, will also fall under your remit.

As well as having a great eye for design and an instinct about what will engage an audience, you’ll also need to be very organized and have strong creative skills. If this role appeals to you but you don’t have experience, you may find an entry-level role in digital content production or marketing could be a good route into the career.

Affiliate Marketer

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $25–$50
  • Perfect For: Moms who have already built a significant online following

Something of a dream job for many, an affiliate marketer earns money by recommending products and services to their audience. If you already have a YouTube channel, blog post, or Facebook site with a high follower count, this role could fit you perfectly. Plus, it offers passive income and an effective way to monetize your hobby.

How does affiliate marketing work? Every time someone clicks on an affiliate link within your content and makes a purchase, you’ll get a commission. It’s as simple as that! Most affiliate marketers have a contract in place with the brands and businesses they work with, stipulating the amount of commission to be paid and how long the agreement will be in place.

To get started as an affiliate marketer—assuming you already have a great social platform with lots of followers—start by researching affiliate programs to figure out which could be best for you. An affiliate network is a great first port of call. Here, you’ll be able to find tools and resources and be able to search for the brands currently seeking affiliate marketers. Check in-house affiliate programs, too. These may require higher levels of skill and a proven track record in the field, but the potential profits you could make are likely to be higher.

Online Coaching

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $32
  • Perfect For: Moms who have a passion for helping others fulfill their potential

Online coaching is the perfect from-home job for a busy mom. Take on the clients that best fit around your life, and, when your kids get older, you can always increase your hours by taking on more clients if you wish. The best thing about online coaching is that you can use your own expertise and experience to help others. Online coaching could be in the form of general lifestyle coaching or could focus on helping someone to get a job, for example, setting up a new business, or leading a healthier life.

While you don’t need any formal qualifications to become a life coach, it’s a great idea to take some courses in coaching and personal development before embarking on your new online career—unless you already have extensive experience as an in-person coach, of course. You’ll need to create a professional, polished website and create an overarching coaching strategy to help attract clients.

You can choose whether to offer in-person sessions or create a subscription package that can be downloaded and accessed as required by clients. Or do both, to make the most of both potential income streams.

Remote Call Center Representative

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  • Perfect For: Moms who have great people skills and are excellent listeners

As a work-from-home call center representative, you’ll be answering incoming calls, dealing with queries and complaints from customers, and fielding other calls to the relevant department or staff member. This role requires excellent customer service and people skills: after all, you’re likely to be the first point of contact the customer has with the brand, and how you handle their call will inform how they view the company. You’ll also need brilliant attention to detail, good problem-solving skills, patience, and professionalism.

It’s relatively easy to access a call center representative role as, usually, no formal qualifications or skills are required. In most cases, the company will provide all the online training you need to get started and thrive in the role.

If you’re looking for flexibility, it’s important to be aware that you’ll need to commit to a regular shift pattern, and, for centers that are open twenty-four hours, this could include evening and weekend work. However, for many moms, being able to choose the type of shift that works best for them is a huge plus.

Freelance Web Designers

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $30 to $80
  • Perfect For: Moms with both creative and technical skills

A freelance web designer role offers the ultimate flexibility, meaning it’s perfect for moms looking to work from home. In general, you’ll take on a project for a client with a stated timescale and as long as you get the work completed by the deadline, exactly when and how you go about doing this is up to you.

To be a web designer you’ll need to be skilled in the use of graphic software, programming languages, SEO, and web design theory. You’ll also need great communication skills and be able to think both creatively and critically. To market yourself as a freelance web designer, it’s recommended you build a portfolio to showcase your creations and past successful projects. Have this portfolio visible and easily accessible on your website or platform to help get clients through your business’s virtual doors.

Home Daycare Provider

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  • Average Hourly Rate: $25 to $45 per day per child
  • Perfect For: Moms who love working with young kids—not just their own!

Fancy a stay-at-home job that doesn’t involve being behind a screen for hours every day? Then why not open a home daycare service? Opening up your home for kids’ daycare also means you’ll get to enjoy plenty of time with your own child, and can help them get used to socializing with other kids, too.

Before setting up your new enterprise, it’s vital to check the laws and regulations around offering daycare in your state to ensure your business will be compliant. It’s also highly recommended that you undertake regular basic first aid training that includes a pediatric first aid element.

With the cost of childcare rising exponentially right now, you may well find that your home daycare service quickly gets booked up! To help get your first bookings posted to local sites and tell all your mom friends to get the word out.

easy jobs for stay at home moms

To start, think about the type of SAHM job you’d like, and the hours you’re able or would like to work. Be realistic about this. Think carefully about the times, hours, and working patterns that would best fit around your life and other duties.

If you’re interested in, for example, getting a job as a virtual PA but have been out of the workforce for a while, it would be a great idea to take a course in any type of software you’re likely to need for the role that you’re unfamiliar with. There are near-endless online courses available, many offering recognized accreditation, so spend some time seeing what’s available—and the ones that would look great on your resume.

Now, it’s time to put together a great resume. Ensure you include every bit of relevant experience, and highlight exactly why these experiences are valuable. If you have any training or certificates, be sure to add these, too, as well as the contact details for a couple of referees. And don’t forget to proofread your resume a few times: the last thing you want is to apply for a proofreading job with a resume containing typos.

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When looking for jobs you can work from home, it’s vital to ensure that the jobs are fully legit. The last thing you want is to sign up to a fraudulent platform, putting your personal and banking details at risk.

If responding directly to a company’s advertisement, just take a moment to check out this company, if it’s one you don’t recognize. Check its website to assure yourself it’s legit. Does it have a physical office based somewhere? Are there full contact details available? All these things can help give you a clue as to its status.

Signing up for an online freelance platform can be a great way to stay protected—as well as get access to a tonne of available work from around the world. By providing services via these platforms you won’t need to exchange personal details—such as your address and banking information—to a potential client, and the platform will step in if there’s any payment dispute. There is a string attached: most platforms will take a percentage amount from payments you receive as a commission charge. However, this may be a small price to pay for never having to deal directly with non-paying clients and other issues.

Popular online freelance platforms include:

  • SimplyHired
  • Freelancer.com

Some of these platforms feature every type of freelancing role you can imagine, others specialize in specific fields. For example, Behance is for those looking to share their work and network with other artists, photographers, and web designers.

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Findmykids app

As a work-from-home mom, achieving a work-life balance can be challenging. However, with the Findmykids app , you can seamlessly integrate your professional and personal life. This app offers advanced features such as live location tracking , which allows you to monitor your children’s whereabouts in real-time, ensuring their safety while you focus on your job.

Additionally, the Findmykids app enables you to set up geofencing alerts , notifying you when your child enters or exits designated safe zones. This feature is particularly useful for busy moms who need peace of mind knowing their kids are safe, even when they’re engrossed in work tasks.

By leveraging the Findmykids app , you can create a conducive environment for productivity while ensuring your children’s well-being remains a top priority. Download the app today and discover the perfect balance between work and family life.

Stay connected with your little ones while you work from home! Download the Findmykids app now to effortlessly monitor their whereabouts and ensure their safety, even during your busiest days.

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As well as the freelance roles we’ve listed above, there are lots of other ways to make some money from the comfort of your own home. Here are some ideas:

  • Signing up to take paid surveys
  • Registering for cash back on specific products and services
  • Creating a dropshipping store on Etsy or Amazon
  • Having a clearout and selling your old stuff
  • Testing websites and apps
  • Buying old furniture to do up and sell at a profit

These are just a few of the opportunities out there if you’d like to bring in some extra money as a stay-at-home mom.

Prepare to Land Your Perfect Stay-at-Home Mom Job

Today, the sky really is the limit when it comes to the stay-at-home mom jobs available. Whether you’ve got a very young baby and want to do some freelance bookkeeping for a few hours a week or to take on a full-time virtual PA role, you’re sure to find your perfect job. Before applying for anything, create a sparkling new resume that summarizes exactly why you’d be such a great hire. Consider, too, taking an online course to pick up a useful qualification or simply refresh your skills. Finally, be sure that any business or hiring platform you use is legit, to avoid both disappointment and possible fraud.

All of the above stay-at-home mom jobs offer flexibility, and the opportunity to use your skills and experience to carve out a career and make some money. As you build up your experience and start receiving rave reviews from clients, you may find that a range of possible roles open up to you. Who knows where things could lead? Happy job hunting, and enjoy the journey!

Do you know any other moms (or dads!) who are interested in great stay-at-home jobs? Share this article with them to help them get started on their own new career path.

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Does Amazon pay you to work from home?

While most job roles at Amazon require employees to be present in a physical workplace, there are some jobs, in the customer service and corporate departments of the company, that can be worked from home.

How can a stay-at-home mom still get income?

There are plenty of jobs that a stay-at-home mom can work from home, around the needs of her family, to get an income. We’ve included some of these roles above, but there are plenty more out there. SAHMs could also get money through, for example, completing paid surveys or participating in paid market research.

How can moms work at home?

To work from home, moms will likely need access to a laptop and, depending on the job, other devices such as a printer or scanner. While a home office isn’t required, it’s important to create a space where you’ll be able to work (relatively!) undisturbed.

How do I get a job after being a SAHM?

If you’ve been a SAHM for a while, getting back into the world of work may feel daunting. Have confidence, though: you’re totally capable of landing the at-home job of your dreams. To make your resume as stand-out and competitive as possible, and boost your confidence, taking an online course is a great idea.

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