We spend our days rocking babies, chasing toddlers, teaching preschoolers, taxi-ing grade schoolers, worrying about teenagers, and before you know it our babies are all in college. How did that happen??
Each season bring new changes and challenges, and often we spend so much of ourselves in raising our kids that we forget that we will still have life in us after they’re grown and gone.
What will we do with ourselves then?Many of us Stay-at-Home moms will go back to work, if we haven’t already. More and more moms of littles are going back to work or working from home much earlier than the empty-nest season. Sometimes we need that extra paycheck to keep our families afloat (here!). Sometimes we find ourselves with more time on our hands as our kids get older and more independent, and we just aren’t sure what to do with ourselves (also here!).
We just never know when the need or want to return to work will crop up for us SAHMs, so it’s best if we are always prepared. And being prepared means having an updated resume and staying on top of advances and changes in our fields. Even if you don’t think you’ll be going back to work until your kids go off to college, do you really want to tackle 20 years of technological and industry advancements all at once? That sounds like overwhelm and set-yourself-up-for-failure city to me…
SAHMs, work on your resume NOW!
Even with littles running around, moms NEED to find ways to stay current in their chosen career fields. The working world changes much faster than we would really like to think about, and if we don’t at least ATTEMPT to keep up, we’re likely to get left in the dust when we DO want or need to go back to work.
But where am I going to find the time?
There’s no doubt. Mamas of ANY variety are BUSY! But, where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?
If you have nappers…
Perhaps you’re like me and use kiddo nap time to catch up on your own sleep. Or maybe you read a fun book or catch up on email. (If you’re the mom being super productive, cleaning and folding laundry while the kids sleep, you don’t need my blog — I need YOUR tips, tricks, and energy!) Brainless activities give us an escape from our crazy worlds, but they don’t really FEED our spirits, our minds, OR our careers. And they won’t help you get a job when you need one.
What if you took that 1-2 hours a day to work on something career-related? Read an academic journal, do research in your field, or maybe even take a class online related to your field. Little by little, you’d catch up on any industry changes you’ve missed so far. (Most of us have at least SOME catching up to do.) You’d keep your mind sharp, and you’d be ready to go back to work the moment you need to.
If you DON’T have nappers…
Granted, not all moms have the “luxury” of kids that still take naps. You may have a day so full of chauffeuring kids all over creation that you hardly have time to breathe, much less study up on your field. How are YOU supposed to to stay current?
If you don’t already, it may be time to get up earlier than the rest of the family. Use that time to take care of YOU — including investing in your future. If you have kids in school during the day, but you’re home alone for several hours at a time, use that time to work on your own studies.
Maybe there are evenings when the kids are busy and you can employ a spouse or friends to chauffeur for you. My favorite time to work is while Daddy has our girl at church on Wednesday nights, and I’m home alone in blessed peace. 🙂 Or you can try staying up a little later than usual to read, study, or work.
We can always MAKE time for what is important to us. When we see the value in investing in ourselves and our future careers, we WILL make time for it.
Is your future important enough to you right now? Are you ready to take steps toward being that candidate every employer wants to hire?
How can I stay up-to-date?
“I’m ready,” you say. Fantastic! Now you just have to decide what strategies for staying up-to-date work best for you. There are a myriad of ways to do so, depending on your field. Here are some of my favorites:
Take online or community college courses or certifications in your field.
(This is what I do – I get bored, I get certified in something!) This plan is great if you never completed a college degree or want to switch career fields entirely. You can explore areas you’re interested in, decide if they’re for you, and generally not spend a fortune to do so.
Subscribe to industry magazines or newsletters, and read everything you can get your hands on.
You can read articles about current events, trends, and advancements in your field in your “free” time or whenever you have dedicated “mama needs to work” time.
Join LinkedIn or Facebook groups with other industry professionals.
It’s like being in the CIA and hearing the latest “chatter” about what’s big in that particular working world at the moment. These groups will often have posts about relevant articles, news, job postings, and other great “insider” knowledge. 🙂
Keep an eye on skills required in job postings.
If you start seeing skills you don’t have, learn them! There are a multitude of online courses to teach you just about anything you need to know. You do NOT have to be in a position of being out-of-date with your skills when you go to apply for jobs eventually.
Start a blog or an online business related to your field.
If you worked for any amount of time before transitioning to the Stay-At-Home world, you probably have a ton of knowledge and expertise stored in that brain of yours! Don’t let it go to waste. There are blogs now for just about every field, and I feel quite certain YOU have something of value to offer the world. It’s just a matter of deciding what you want to do and going for it! It could even be that this “keep me up-to-date” venture blossoms into a full-time income for you WITHOUT your having to go back to an outside-the-home job someday!
Take on freelance projects in your field.
Many career fields are willing to outsource some of their work to freelancers, and if you have any experience to get your foot in the door, this route could be a good one for you to not only stay current, but rustle up some extra income, as well. There are LOADS of blogs and articles out there who can help you get started.
Write an eBook.
Just like with writing a blog or taking on freelance projects, writing an eBook about things you know can benefit you in a multitude of ways. You have a creative outlet, gain business, publishing, and e-commerce experience. Plus, being a published (even self-published) author shows future employers that you are a recognized expert in your field, and you can back it up with how many copies you’ve sold.
What if I’m not sure which field I want to go into someday?
If you aren’t sure exactly what you may want to do someday, you’re in good company. Many of us will change career paths multiple times throughout our lives. As I mentioned above, taking advantage of inexpensive online or community college courses can help you decide where your passions lie.
Even without a clear career goal, you can always work on your SAHM resume by volunteering in your community. Run for a PTA office. Teach a Sunday School class or supervise an after-school program at your church. Join a local charity, volunteer your time, and maybe even sit on the board. There are TONS of ways to be involved in your community and also gain leadership, business, networking, and a hundred other skills and experiences to beef up your SAHM resume RIGHT NOW.
SAHM, work on your resume NOW!
No more excuses. No more pushing that resume aside because you don’t need it right this second. You WILL need it someday. Life is unpredictable. Your circumstances could change in a heartbeat, and while none of us really want to think about it, we may NEED to go back to work with little warning.
Wouldn’t it save you so much stress and worry to know your resume is ALWAYS updated and ready to go should you need it?
Please comment below and let me know the steps YOU will be taking to work on your resume NOW! 🙂 As always, if you need help along the way, just click here.
As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.