How to Write a Stellar CV as a Stay-At-Home Mom
OKAY – before we begin, I want to clarify something for you. A CV is not a Resume; and a Resume is not a CV.
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A Resume is a concise document – normally one page – that highlights and summarizes your education and qualifications, work history, and other skills or credentials.
A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is more detailed than a Resume. A CV is usually 3-4 pages in length, and provides detailed information of your education and qualifications, work history and so on.
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So now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on.
One of the hardest things that SAHMs face when wanting to return to work is what to put in their CV. There is always this pause, followed by hesitation, and worry that they don’t have anything worthwhile to put into their CVs.
Let me tell you now – THAT IS NOT TRUE.
For those of you who don’t know, before I turned to blogging and freelance writing; I was a Recruitment Consultant for 10 years.
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5 ELEMENTS OF A KILLER CV
Okay, so let’s do this! There are 5 elements to a killer CV:
- Personal Information
- Education and Qualifications
- Skills and Competencies
- Work History
You’re probably asking – “Is that it?”
Yes – that’s it.
A killer CV is in the writing – the past, the present, and the future. But let’s break it down in detail.
ELEMENTS OF A CV 1: PERSONAL INFORMATION
When writing this section, the only details you need to include are your Name, Address, Contact Numbers (Mobile or Telephone), and Email. That’s it.
I have seen so many CVs where people include that they are Mom to Hope and Faith, Wife to Malcolm, and a member of a specific church. There is no need to do this!
Your email address should be as simple as possible – professional. Ideally, this should be FirstName.LastName@gmail.com.
Email addresses like “Marywashere1979@yahoo.com” or M_W_1979_hotlikeapotato@yahoo.com” should never ever make it to your CV.
This is what your Personal Information should look like:
ELEMENTS OF A CV 2: EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
Your education and qualifications should include any workshops, which in person or online, that you may have taken, while you were a Stay-At-Home Mom. Let’s say you were trying to start a blog while you were at home with the children. Did you take any blogging courses? Writing workshops? Or anything that may have added to your skills? Put that in your CV.
This section does NOT have to include where you attended primary school or kindergarten; as it’s no longer relevant. What you want to include is where you attended College or University. Perhaps you attended a polytechnic course – that’s important too.
ELEMENTS OF A CV 3: SKILLS & COMPETENCIES
Your Skills & Competencies should focus on what you are good at. This should relate to the work place.
Examples of skills and competencies:
ELEMENTS OF A CV 4: WORK HISTORY
When laying out your work history, you want to start from your most recent job – not the first one. When recruiters or employers look at your work history, they expect to see what you’ve done most recently.
Now what do you do when you’ve been a Stay-At-Home Mom for 5 years? Don’t forget to include any ventures that you may have started when you were looking after your little ones.
This is what it should look like.
ELEMENTS OF A CV 5: REFERENCES
Professional references are different from Character References. It is not appropriate to put your friends or family down as references.
This is where the famous line – Don’t burn your bridges – comes in handy. Think about people you have worked with in the past – even teachers and professors.
BONUS TIP: A STRONG COVER LETTER IS IMPORTANT
Including a cover letter with your CV is recommended – but make sure it’s not some generic letter that you just send off with every application.
A cover letter gives you a chance to say what you cannot without the chance of an interview. So it’s important that you take the time to write a strong cover letter that is tailored to a specific job that you are applying for.
So there it is. Now go and get writing!
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