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5 Resume Tips for a Stay-at-Home Mom

As a stay-at-home mom, you might be applying for any job profile that you may or may not have professional experience in. Whatever the case may be, you need a stellar resume to get you closer to your dream job that allows you to focus on both your career and your kid.

Keep your focus on what lies ahead of you and frame the perfect stay-at-home mom resume with the help of the 5 tips that we have provided in this article:

1. Use the Functional Resume Format

You need to choose the resume format which best suits your needs as a stay-at-home mom. The Functional resume format could prove to be your best option.

However, a new mother is allowed to take leave from work, many mothers need to take a considerable postpartum break. Every individual mother has different needs and many mothers choose to take care of their families and only return to work when they feel comfortable.

If this is the case with you, use the functional resume format to effectively overshadow the career gap with your skillset.

2. Highlight your Key Skills section

The recruiters rely on the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to filter through resumes and pick the ones with specific keywords.

These keywords are none other than the keywords used by the recruiters in the job description of the job profile that you are applying for.

Scan through the job description and pick the skills that are justified by your professional experience statements. Frame these objectively in the key skills section.

With 6 seconds to go through a resume, the recruiters can find it easier to shortlist your resume if it ranks high on the ATS and your key skills are highlighted to be easily recognized.

3. Compose an Objective statement

Compose an objective of your resume to restart or kickstart your professional career like a pro.

If you are worried about having career gaps, don’t! Focus on the skills that you are equipped with rather than your career gaps. Make the recruiters recognize your potential and raise your chances of being shortlisted.

Do not make a list of all that you are expecting from the targeted organization in your objective statement. It is better to show your recruiters how you can be a valuable asset to them.

Mention how you can contribute and help your targeted organization to meet their goals.

4. Provide miscellaneous information

If you think you are lacking in professional experience, you can make it up by showing other relevant skills that you might carry. 

Skills like being multilingual or having productive hobbies can make the recruiters recognize you as a suitable applicant.

Provide an ‘Additional Information’ section and mention all your miscellaneous information in this section.

5. Frame an effective Professional Experience section

Your ‘Professional Experience’ section is an important feature in your resume wherein the recruiters can get an insight into your professional ventures.

Draft one-liner points to explain your responsibilities and achievements. Further, create unique buckets to group similar one-liners under the relevant headings. Also consider bolding the most important aspects of each one-liner.

This makes your resume organized and easier for the recruiters to read and comprehend.

Strictly avoid writing paragraphs as it can make your professional experience sections seem bulky and fail to communicate your potential to the recruiters.

Use power verbs to begin each one-liner point to make impactful statements.

Frame effective action-oriented statements of your accomplishment as espoused by Princeton University.

Do not mention ‘stay-at-home-mom’ in your professional experience section because it is not a professional way to address the subject.

Simply mention the professional experience that you have and focus on communicating this information to the recruiters and make them recognize you as a suitable applicant equipped with the required potential for the profile you are targeting.


With the end of this article let’s look back at the 5 tips that will help you curate a perfect stay-at-home mom resume and raise your chances of getting shortlisted for your targeted job profile.

  • Use the functional resume format to highlight your most significant skills.
  • Use the right keywords to rank high on the ATS.
  • Compose an effective resume objective to cover your career gaps and kickstart or restart your career.
  • Provide your additional information to add value to your skills and professional experience.
  • Frame an effective professional experience section to make the recruiters recognize your potential.
Author’s Bio:

Aditya Sharma

A tech enthusiast with a vivacious interest in startups and finance; Aditya lives and breathes Hiration — a startup and AI-powered online resume builder to help job-seekers find their way in today’s highly treacherous job market.