It's been a little over a year that I've been seriously searching and I have to tell you...pickin's are slim out there my friends! Being a mom gets a lot of lip service. No one will ever tell you that being a mother is a waste of your time, that would be down-right unAmerican! But when you tell an employer that you've spend the last 8 years being a stay at home mother they look at you like you should be carrying an apple pie instead of a resume.
I don't have to tell you, my fellow mothers, that being a mother (stay at home or otherwise) is no walk in the park. In fact, mothers have developed several valuable skills that can easily transition to the workplace. Let me enumerate several for you....
1. Time Management - I can get three kids to three different activities at three different locations, do a load of laundry, cut out three dozen paper apples for a kindergarden class, bake brownies for Elementary School movie night, mow the lawn and have dinner on the table at 6pm without batting an eyelash....That's a typical day for a mom, I'd like to see the CEO of Microsoft take on THAT schedule!
2. People Skills - A mother often must work with small people who can be demanding, unreasonable, rune and often in need of a nap. If we can manage these sorts of people difficult co-workers or prickly clients are a cake walk.
3. Budgeting - Feed three kids for a month on less than $300 - check. Make difficult budget cuts including canceling cable and going from good wine to two-buck-chuck - check. Forgoing the current season of Sherlock until it's (FINALLY) available on Netflix - checkedy-check-check. Mom's know how to stretch a dollar and where to cut back in their budget to keep things running during slim times.
4. Professionalism - Moms are SO beyond the drama. We know what matters and what doesn't. As a mother you only have so much time in the day to worry. We've learned that worrying about who the trendy teen idol is dating or who is wearing what to work isn't worth our valuable time. We'd rather worry about doing the best job that we can do, mastering out trade and growing in our careers.
As you can see, mom skills are really quite valuable and easily transferable to the modern workplace. Now....if anyone is looking for a molecular biologist with these skills ...and more drop me a line!