What should I write on my resume for a 7 year gap I took as a stay at home mom?
I was a Early Chidhood Educator for 7 years before I had my children and decided to be a stay at home mom. Now my children are in school full time and I am ready to reenter into the childcare profession.
A 7-year gap on your resume, while not insurmountable, is going to present a real challenge. As to the question, what do you write for a 7-year gap (or any significant gap), my advice is: It depends. What have you been doing to keep yourself current in your field during the previous 7 years? Have you maintained any professional licenses? Have you pursued continuing education?
Have you done any volunteer work in your field? Don’t overlook volunteer work. Many unpaid positions teach you skills that are directly transferrable to the workforce.
When you write your resume, think about what you’ve done in your time away from the workforce that is relevant to your industry. This may be a challenge and will require some serious thought. You should also be prepared to answer questions about your gap. Be honest, but don’t overshare. Practice saying your answer to this question. Be confident in your response.
Of course, you will need to temper your expectations about how long it may take to land a new position, and what kind of salary you might be offered. It will be a challenge for sure, but far from impossible.