I remember the day I interviewed a mom returning to work after staying home with her kids for three years. She was ready, she was assertive, she had skills. I thought she was perfect for the job, but my boss at the time disagreed. Her reason, “her skills aren’t relevant anymore. All she has done is stay at home with kids for three years.” I felt like I took a dagger to the heart that day on behalf of stay at home moms every where.
At the time I was only a few months pregnant, and had freshly announced my pregnancy. When I rebuked my bosses comments she insisted I must be feeling sympathy for my “future self.” As in, one day I’d find myself returning to work after leaving my career to “just” take care of kids. I’d also be out of date, behind the times and irrelevant. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I owe her comments a great deal of credit for pushing me to find value in my skill sets as a stay at home mom.
6 Reasons You’ll Want to Hire A Stay At Home Mom:
1. Multitasking– the very nature of being a parent requires one to perform several tasks at once. If I can change a diaper while making an appointment with the plumber over the phone, I can certainly handle more than one office task at a time.
2. Self Motivated– After my first year at home I realized I needed to bring in a little extra income. I relied on my previous job as a Marketing Executive to help me start my own small business and create a blog. For fun, I also started my own small charity. I think I will be properly motivated to finish my tasks at work.
3. Budget Savvy– large corporations once trusted me with their big budgets. That was helpful when learning to streamline my much smaller budget after we converted to a one income family. Thankfully, my husband has never had to take money from his pay check to pay for preschool, clothes, shoes birthdays or holidays. Trust me, I bring those skills to your company too.
4. Efficiency Expert– in my previous line of work I had to coordinate meeting schedules, create systems to stay organized and manage my time appropriately. Guess what? I’m doing the same thing as a mom!
5. People Skills– if I can persuade an obstinate three year old to give up a coveted toy with joy and glee, I can handle your worst customer.
6. Out of The Box Thinker- Pop Quiz: there’s a kid wearing a full diaper, you realize they are wearing the very last one. You look to your left and you see duct tape, look to your right and you see a roll of paper towels. If you don’t know how these two things add up you are not an out of the box thinker. You know who is? Any mom.
Stay at home moms are some of the hardest working people I know! Potty training during phone calls, couponing like it’s a full time job after spending the day cleaning up crumbs and reassembling the house. That all takes skills- valuable skills and hard work.
Dear Future Boss,
Please don’t discount the many years of hard work I put into developing my skill sets in a career outside of child care. That gap on my resume isn’t being filled with daytime TV and Bon-Bons while the kids take care of themselves. I am using everything I have ever learned in all of my careers. Although my current profession of Executive Twin Mom does not pay in actual dollars, it does pay off in the experience I bring to the table as a fully capable, ready to work human being. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
The Whatever Mom
About Roxanne Ferber
Roxanne is a full time wife, twin mama and part time crazy lady. She is a charitable giver and a former Marketing Executive turned write-from-home mom. Roxanne lives on coffee, wine and the pure rush of cleaning the potty between loads of laundry. In her spare time she enjoys meeting other moms who keep life real- crafting, organizing and hiding veggies in her kid’s food. Find her at The Whatever Mom.