It’s been called the toughest job in the world, so why do so few people include being a parent on their professional resume? According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, just 8 percent of working moms include their parenting skills in their resume or cover letter, while 7 in 10 employers agree that raising a child or children can provide useful experience.
The experience parents gain that employers find most valuable are:
- Patience – 67 percent
- Ability to multi-task – 62 percent
- Time management – 59 percent
- Conflict management – 51 percent
- Problem-solving – 51 percent
- Empathy – 43 percent
- Mentoring – 40 percent
- Negotiation – 37 percent
- Budgeting and managing finances – 36 percent
- Project management – 30 percent
What does this mean for you?
There is a clear disconnect between parents and employers in regards to what is relevant work experience. Make no mistake – parenting is work. Many of the skills and experience moms and dads develop while raising kids can often prove useful in the corporate world – whether they realize it or not. Make it clear on your career page that you recognize the value of their experience, and encourage candidates to include those types of skills in their applications.