I believe mothering just like all jobs. They require work. However, you can't use that as experience mostly because mothering is a matter of opinion. Everyone has different ideas of what a mother should behavior like. Some people feel that mothering is just birthing the child. While others believe that attending events at school, daycares and sports makes the mother. I think when we are able to come to common ground to what exactly it takes to be a mother then we could use them as pass experience. Also, their is no way to call your supervisor or manager to inquire if you did the job correctly. You can use reference but I don't know a person alive that would call a mother unfit to her face.
My guess is being a mother will never be (widely) accepted as a significant or "unique qualifier" when comparing resumes with someone who has actual experience in the chosen field/occupation or a degree in a particular discipline. Landing a good job has become (extremely competitive) these past few years and illustrating "job transference skills" is a tough sell. Just because someone managed a household budget for 10 years doesn't mean a company will hire them as their next controller. Becoming a mother is still considered easier than becoming a CPA.
In many cases, Mothers have to handle the family budget along with so many other responsibilities. Perhaps some day they'll consider parenting skills and classes worthy of a degree. Maybe then it will be considered great job experience.
Linda, mothers have been on the planet since the birth of mankind. If it hasn't received that type of respect in the career/business world it's unlikely to ever be valued very high in corporate America.
I don't think Mothering is a job. Because, It is a responsibility, to be taken by every mother, to grow their children in a right way. So, If it was not a job. How can any one add it as job in resume? But, It was one of the important tasks, for any women, who wants to make their marriage life successful.
I have a hard time with being told it is "too cutesy" to list Motherhood on a resume. I agree with you that it's work that we choose how we want to handle, however, being out of the work force outside of the home makes it a lot trickier to get back.
For dashingscorpio: Men are now involved moreso in child rearing in America than ever. To me, that's a huge change in how Motherhood may be respected. Men have led in the working world for generations and generations. Times have changed.
When mothers rule the world, mothering will get more respect. When I am hiring for my business, time off with child or caring for an elder do not count as holes in a resume regardless of the gender of the applicant.
I think it will come down to who is conducting the interview. If the interviewer has spent time as a stay-at-home parent or is close friends with some of them, she may be more likely to seriously consider "Mothering" on the resume. But if the interviewer has no experience at motherhood and little desire to begin a family, then Mothering may appear to her as just a way to "fluff up" the resume.
In the end, the interviewer will in theory be looking for the candidate that can best fulfill the responsibilities of the job and unless "Mothering" includes some specifics, then it may just be passed over.
Really, I think that finding work following being out of the "workforce" depends on the individual. It's the resume part that is more my issue. And, sincere congratulations on getting your job outside of the home!
I don't have it anymore and am in the same boat again. Except this time my sons are older. I worked some nights doing retail, to put something on my resume.Then I found Reiki. Hard to make a living at times but I love what I am doing.
Never mothering is not a job it is a responsibility a woman gains by having a baby. It will never be able to be listed as a job in my opinion, but anyone who is a parent will know how much work it really is. I think it would be better to list mothering on a resume as a skill rather than a job. It is definitely a skill that will be a major asset in a setting such as daycare and education. You never know if the interviewer is a parent as well, and as a fellow parent he/she may gain more respect for you knowing your a fellow parent. I would include mothering in any resume as a skill because it could help you get your foot in the door.
Some women opt not to accept the responsibility of being a mother. Are they still viewed as skilled in mothering when they put the title of "Mother" on their resume? The skills of mothering, in my opinion, go beyond the act of having a baby.
No because I don't believe they should put it on their resume in the first place. If you don't accept responsibility for your child I doubt your going to have custody for long and without accepting responsibility they will never develop skills.
Sadly, some mothers still have custody of their children and aren't treating them responsibly. They could still include "Motherhood" as a skill on a resume and not be questioned or if they were, character witnesses for mothering would get tricky.
What should be considered before my husband quits his job to work with me?We've been debating firing an employee. Since I don't want to hire a new person my husband suggested he quit his job and take that employees...
What's the current expected resume style?I'm needing to update my resume. It's been a while. Are there certain expected ways of formatting it these days? Any websites that shows the best way to present a resume? Does it...
Who Is a mother? What make a woman a real mother?There are enough women out there having kids but still are not mothers, they just have kids because they can and because they want to, others have kids because it comes...
How Do I Write a CV that will get Me a Job in the First Interview?What is the difference between a curriculum vitae and a resume. When should a job seeker use a resume? And when should a job seeker user a CV?