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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 any 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?!) 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.
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.
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Happy resume building!