Why Every Homeschool Mom Should Have a Resume

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Many years ago, in the early days of the modern homeschool movement, most homeschool families were single-income households. Over the years, however, through economic recessions, stock market downturns, construction and housing market crashes…well, these days the economy is quite different.

While a growing number of homeschool moms these days work from home, others work outside the home, and yes, even some work full-time, creating and maintaining a resume is a helpful activity for anyย and all of them us – even if you’re not gainfully employed!

3 Reasons Why a Homeschool Mom Should Craft a Resume

A resume is a summary of skills and abilities, presented in a clear and concise form, generally used as a self-promoting or marketing tool to acquire gainful employment. If you emphasize the “summary” and “presentation” aspects, however, it becomes clear why it’s a great idea to put one together.

1 – A resume can give you focus and a filter.

Once you’ve sat down and thought through your skills, interests, strengths, and weaknesses, you may start to see some patterns and/or threads appear. You can use these as a filter for accepting volunteer requests and the countless other demands on your time. Homeschool moms are often the first ones asked to “help out” because, after all, you’re home so you must have the time, right?! Having a resume can help you take a look at what your skills are, which ones you’d like to develop, and how a given activity or request fits into that picture. This can help you to “just say No!” to the ones that don’t apply.

2 – A resume can give you a framework to look at what you already do.

So very often we look at our daily, mundane tasks, or sometimes the special projects we undertake and wonder what possible good can come out of them! (Or is that just me?!)ย  Knowing what your skills and abilities are and how you would like to grow personally and professionally will help you to focus on those aspects of any given job or responsibility. If this approach doesn’t apply in a given circumstance, you have an option: either readjust your attitude or set about applying the filter I describe above.

For example, if meal prep is a recurring frustration in your life, readjusting your attitude might look like this: accepting you gotta feed the family, focus on developing your creativity or learning more about nutrition through putting together healthy menus…and move on! However, this might be a great skill to teach your teen, thereby getting the activity off your plate from time to time (forgive the pun!). So teaching your kids to cover meal prep helps your teen and builds your own delegating and management skills.

3 – Maintaining a resume can help you think forward.

Although some days feel like they may never end, someday you will stop homeschooling. Kids grow up, spouses lose their jobs, marriages end through death or divorce. We just never know the future God has in store for us. Having a resume tucked away, revisited and updated from time to time, will keep you ready for the day when you’re no longer planning playdates and lessons.

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How do I get started writing a resume?

I began to explore this a few months back when a potential job opportunity came up, and I needed to present a resume. Well, I haven’t been actively involved in the “real” business world since our oldest child was born – and that’s almost 30 years ago! Can you say “overwhelmed” and “intimidated”? But my husband came to the rescue, sat down and brainstormed with me. We began to discuss the volunteer positions I’d had, short-term or part-time jobs I’d held, ways I’d supported him in his business over the years, and skills I’d developed in and through homeschooling.

I went from thinking “Oh, I’ve ‘just’ been homeschooling…” to realizing that I am a seasoned home-educator, with a myriad of skills and abilities that can be gainfully applied in the business world – for myself or as a potential employer.

Ready? Set? GO!

Are you ready to discover how you’ve truly grown over time and develop a resume you’re proud of? Use this easy-to-follow outline, complete with a resume template you can use.

Simply subscribe to ourย siteย to receive my periodic newsletter “Top-of-the-Week Breakthrough” and get immediate access to the whole kit n’ kaboodle.

Finally, if you have any questions about this concept or problems as you move ahead, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy resume building!

16 thoughts on “Why Every Homeschool Mom Should Have a Resume”

  1. I seem to be lost ๐Ÿ™‚
    The above article states that there is a resume template and resume building steps to follow–I cannot find them. Please help.

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    1. Oh, Tricia, so sorry about that! Yup, it IS a “subscriber benefit”! I just sent you a link right to it. It’ll download straight on to your computer…
      Check your email! ๐Ÿ™‚
      And do let me know if you have any trouble or questions about it, k? Best wishes <3

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    1. Hi Stephanie!
      So glad you joined us here ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry for the trouble finding the template, I just emailed you the link to the complete “Homeschool Mom’s Resume Kit”. It’ll download directly to your computer.
      Please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email if you’re having any trouble, or just need a friend to walk you through it, ok? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I tried creating a resume for me a few weeks back but that’s not fascinating. I would like to get one since i am highly motivated by the benefits you mentioned here. How can I get one? Pls help.

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    1. Hey Sapana! Sign up for my newsletter support and you’ll get a direct download of the materials I’ve put together to help you through the process! Go through it and then get in touch if you still have any questions… You can DO this!

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  3. Hi
    Will you please email me access to the template mentioned. I just subscribed and have enjoyed the articles I have read. Season so change ahead after almost 20 years of homeschooling!
    Thanks

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  4. Hello. I subscribed to your site and would love to access your resume template. Can you please allow me access? I have loved all the blogs Iโ€™ve read so far. Thank you!

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  5. I signed up and would also like to have the link for the resume template. I’m so glad you offer something like this… Thank you.

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    1. Tasha, Thanks for signing up, and I’m really sorry for the frustration accessing the template. Check your email when you can, tho, for “the skinny”! Best of luck, and let me know if you need anything else, ok?!

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