I have been asked how I went about returning to the workforce after an extended delay as a stay at home dad. Things are a little different for me in that department as I have nearly always worked for myself in some capacity while supplementing my income with part time work.
I am much more likely to have three part time jobs instead of one full time position and as
such career progression is fortunately not one of my aims. Gaps in my resume are not an issue for the kind of work that I am currently pursuing.
If you are looking to get back to the corporate world to continue on your career path then I
believe that the stay at home dad role should be proudly displayed on your resume including a long list of achievements and acquired skills just as you would with any other job.
It is not as if you have been unemployed, on the contrary you have probably worked your ass off.
There are so many key responsibilities and new skills acquired in the fulfillment of the stay
at home dad role that it would not be difficult to fill a few lines of a resume. I know that
personally I have learnt heaps about time management, patience and psychology.
If I was to include my stay at home dad role on a resume it would probably look something like this:
STAY AT HOME DAD
July 2011 – Present
- Primary child care duties.
- Design and implementation of household operational procedures.
- Supervising, training and managing children and their needs.
- Complaint resolution,
- Household bookkeeping and finance management
Additionally you may have had to learn to meal plan and cook, to do cleaning and washing
duties or a myriad of other assorted essential household and child rearing skills.
While these skills may not necessarily be related or transferable to the employment that you are seeking, they show an ability to be adaptable and to learn new skills while under
pressure. Much sort after qualities in the corporate world.
I wrote a post a while ago in the attempt to define the stay at home dad role and that may
help you with some more ideas for things that you could include in your resume.
For what it is worth I think that the stay at home dad role is probably one of the more
challenging roles that one can perform. Not so much because of the nature of the work (domestic duties and child care) but more so due to the emotional side of raising children as well as the social expectations that come with the stay at home role.
These emotional experiences can be quite unusual and daunting for a man.
Kids have a way to make you feel guilty and second guess yourself and that is probably what I have found to be the most emotionally draining part of the child care part of the job. Any pressure that you come under in the corporate world will be a piece of cake compared to the boot camp that you have just been through.
If you have been stay at home dad for a while and you enjoyed the experience then you should spruke the benefits of this to all men so that they can have the opportunity to care for their kids and develop that special bond that comes with being the stay at home parent.
It can also be a great idea to take a bit of the child care pressure of your spouse as well.
Why should the women always have to sacrifice their careers just so they can look after their own children? Can’t men start to take their fathering responsibilities more seriously and help share that beautiful burden?
If more men were encouraged to take time out of their careers and share the child raising and household duties it might leave women with some more time to run the Fortune 500 companies that are currently so devoid of their presence.
Isn’t true gender equality where everyone has the opportunity to do everything? Both women and men? Anyhow I digress…
So Stay at Home dads, good luck in your quest if you are looking to get back to work. Your new skills and the confidence that goes with that will serve you well in a strange new adult world where hardly anyone will tell you that they have just done a poo…