Why Mom Careers Matter for Stay-at-Home Moms

As stay-at-home moms, it’s easy to put our careers on a shelf. But we need to keep them in mind! Here are my top 3 reasons why mom careers matter for SAHMs.

When we’re raising babies, we’re often so focused on those kiddos and our home that our careers often feel like forgotten memories from a previous life. We love being a mom! And we’re completely committed to being the best mom, wife, and home manager we possibly can be.

Okay, maybe that’s glamorizing the SAHM life just a bit…

We DO love being a stay-at-home mom. But, we’re also EXHAUSTED from trying to do all the things that need to be done, not completely screw up our kids, and keep our heads above the ever-rising water.

It’s a never-ending rollercoaster that rides the mountain-top joy of being a SAHM, then plummets to the depths of despair, loneliness, and anxiety.

One of the things I’ve found to help even out that rollercoaster just a bit is to keep the one eye trained on my career. I know, it sounds ridiculous. It sounds like I’m just adding one more thing to my already full plate.


It’s actually helped me be a better wife, mom, and homemaker to have something that’s MINE to work toward for a few hours each day. It gives me something bigger than just me, my family, and my home to focus on, dream about, and work toward.

I recognize that not all moms may understand WHY having a mom career – especially an at-home career WHILE we’re raising our babies – is so important. So, allow me to walk you through a few of the big reasons why mom careers matter for SAHMs. Read More


The Top 10 SAHM Resume Mistakes

It’s not you, mama – it’s your resume. Check out these Top 10 SAHM Resume Mistakes, learn how to FIX them, improve your resume, & get the job you want!

“I’ve been looking for jobs for months now. What gives? Why am I not getting any response to all the resumes and applications I’ve sent out?”

Well, friend, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not you — it’s your resume. Read More


Do You Need a SAHM Resume or a Career Website?

It’s time to go back to work, but you have one important decision to make: would you be best served by a SAHM resume or a career website?

Many of us SAHMs will return to work in one form or another at some point in our lives. Here on Scattered Woman, we’ve already talked about the importance of keeping our resumes up-to-date (including how to create your own Mom Master Resume), how to handle the SAHM employment gap on your resume, writing an effective SAHM cover letter, even how we moms tend to create a Mosaic Life for ourselves instead of pursuing that elusive, linear career path.

So, let’s assume for just a minute that you’re ready to go back to work. Regardless of whether you’re interested in pursuing a WAHM option (like network marketing, freelancing, or starting your own business) or you’re ready to head back to the corporate world, you have one major decision to make: will you be best served by a traditional, SAHM resume or a career website? Read More


Why Every Mom Needs a Master Resume (+ 2 FREEBIES to help you make your own!)

Have you ever heard of a “master resume”? Think of it like a master playlist, or a master recording. It’s EVERYTHING, every bit of raw, employment-related information you have, all compiled in one place. And you, dear mama, NEED one!

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Blogging for the Job Hunt – Part 2: Content, Social Media, & SEO

Last week, we talked in Blogging for the Job Hunt – Part 1 about the benefits of starting a blog to aid in your job search, as well as how to get one set up. Today, we get to tackle Blogging for the Job Hunt – Part 2: Content, Social Media, & SEO!

If those terms mean absolutely nothing to you at this point, no worries. I didn’t know what they meant before I started this blogging adventure, either! Here’s the breakdown:

Content: the actual posts you write, the great information you have to share about your expertise in your field!

Social Media: I’m sure you know what social media IS, but we’re going to touch on how we can optimize it’s far-reaching capabilities to boost your job search!

SEO: otherwise known as Search Engine Optimization. It’s a big deal in the blogging world, but for our purposes, it’s simple — make sure Google knows you exist and includes your blog in the top few results when someone searches for your name.

Without further adieu, let’s dive in! Read More


How to Write an Interview-winning SAHM Cover Letter

If I were to apply for a job right now, after three years of being a Stay-at-Home mom, I would face the same challenges as many of you. Being a SAHM is an amazing gift to our families, but trying to explain that gap in traditional employment can be tricky. Why would an employer hire ME over someone who has been continuously working in the field??

Because we SAHMs have AWESOME skills and gifts to bring to the table! We just need to make sure we package it well, so the employer can see that truth, as well!

We’ve talked before about the SAHM employment gap, and it’s a challenge we KNOW how to handle on a resume. Today, we’re tackling the next step: the SAHM cover letter! Read More


How to Write a Killer Summary Section

Does your resume still have an objective statement? If so, it’s time for an update!

Objective statements tell an employer what YOU are looking for. “Objective: to obtain a professional accounting position.” The problem? Employers don’t care what you’re looking for. Objective statements don’t give the employer any useful information about who you are as a person, a professional, or what you would bring to their company.

The solution? Read More


What You Need to Know About Applicant Tracking Systems

You found a BEAUTIFUL template. You’ve input all your experience, and sent out your brand new resume to a myriad of employers with openings. And then… crickets. Zip. Zero. Nada by way of call backs or response of any kind. What happened?? My guess is you got screened out. By a computer. How does THAT make you feel? Let’s avoid this situation in the future, shall we? Here’s what you need to know about Applicant Tracking Systems… Read More


SAHMs, Work on Your Resume NOW!

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? Read More


How to Use Job Postings to Get Your Resume Noticed

If you’re applying for job after job and getting nowhere, it’s possible you’re not making the most of the one resource the employer has already given you: the job posting. In the job posting, the employer has given you all the information you need on the EXACT qualifications, qualities, and skills they’re looking for in a new hire. YOUR job is to take that information, plug it into your resume and cover letter, and watch the responses come rolling in. Here is exactly how to use job postings to get your resume noticed!   Read More


4 Resume Tips for Tackling the SAHM Employment Gap

Are you a Stay-at-Home Mom ready to go back to work? Need a resume? No sweat! Here are 4 resume tips for tackling the SAHM employment gap!

Are you a Stay-at-Home Mom going back to work soon and DREADING the whole resume thing? While taking time off from your career path to care for your family may have been the best decision you ever made, it does take some skill to help an employer see it that way. Here are four resume tips for tackling the SAHM employment gap and spinning your at-home experiences to your best advantage — without making up cheesy titles for yourself like “Executive Cleaning Officer” or “Home Management Specialist.”

Plus, there are even more tips on formatting and what to include on your resume in my FREE resume template and tip sheet JUST for SAHMs. Read More


6 Times You Need a Resume Writer

Most of the time, job seekers prefer to write their resumes themselves. Which can work just fine, provided the job seeker understands what makes a successful resume and can write well. If that’s you, go for it! I’ll be cheering for you! If that’s not you, however, here are six times you should definitely consider hiring a resume writer. Read More


Fix Your Failing SAHM Resume with This ONE Thing

Is your job search getting you nowhere? You’ve sent out a million applications, but no calls? Fix your failing SAHM resume with this ONE addition…

You’ve decided it’s time to go back to work, but you’re getting nowhere. You’ve put in application after application, but not received a single interview invitation.

Believe me, mama: you are NOT alone! Writing a SAHM resume is hard work, especially if you haven’t done a great job of keeping a Mom Master Resume over the years. (But hopefully, you have!)

More than anything, employers want to know one critical piece of information — one crucial aspect of your work history that you may have missed: Read More