Not too long ago, a client came to me very concerned about her lack of recent professional experience. She had put aside her career ambitions in order to raise her children. Well, her kids are now in school and – after 6 years being a stay at home mom – she was ready to head back to the professional world. While we all know that parenting is one of the most difficult jobs a person can have, she was understandably discouraged about the possibility of getting interviews because of the perceived “gap” on her resume. On the other hand, she was failing to recognize and lean into those 6 years full of valuable experiences. For instance, she had spent the last several years in numerous volunteer positions, including serving as a volunteer coordinator for a local charity and employing her experience in Sales and Marketing to achieve some remarkable fundraising results.
All of this experience made for a great story and added a lot of value to her resume. With some help we were able to create a document that framed her time away from the corporate world as 6 years of skill development. She now is able to speak to this period of her life with confidence and is much more enthusiastic about the job search process. The big lesson = exude confidence.
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