“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” – Jane Sellman
A telecommuting lifestyle doesn’t work for everyone, but for some telecommuters, like work-at-home moms, the ability to telecommute is an invaluable work arrangement that enriches their lives both professionally and personally.
From a work-at-home mom (WAHM) who’s blended career and family under the same roof for seven years and counting, here’s why telecommuting works for work-at-home moms:
The type of work you can do as a WAHM is as limitless as your own imagination. Thanks to technological breakthroughs that brought us personal computers, smartphones, and cloud services, practically any onsite job can be performed from the comfort of your own home.
Virtual Vocations’ Telecommute Jobs Database is a shining example of the professional diversity telecommuters can enjoy. The database features legitimate telecommute job openings in more than 40 career categories, all of which welcome telecommuters with a range of professional experience levels and educational backgrounds.
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A December 2015 Virtual Vocations survey of more than 1,600 telecommute job seekers revealed that flexibility is the number one motivator for professionals pursuing remote employment. For moms, telecommuting offers job flexibility that no onsite work arrangement can match.
Since the launch of my telecommute journey in 2009, I have been able to care for my young daughters at home while I work, which is something I have in common with more than half of our survey respondents who tend to children or a family member in their home on a regular basis. Telecommuting has also given me the freedom to adjust my work schedule to accommodate family emergencies, illness and doctor’s appointments, and school field trips, plays, and sporting events.
An improved financial standing is something nearly all professionals experience when they make the switch to working from home, as our telecommuting survey revealed. Among respondents, 84.8% reported decreased spending as a result of working remotely.
Every mom understands the importance of saving money, but we don’t always look to our professional lives as a source for savings. WAHMs reap the benefits of money saved from reduced spending in a number of areas such as childcare, gas, clothing, food, and eating out during lunch.
Resume Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms Ready to Telecommute
If you’re a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) ready to take on a telecommuting role and become a work-at-home mom, here’s how to use your experience as a SAHM to your advantage when creating a telework resume:
Soften work history gaps. Recruiters could assume that candidates with noticeable breaks between jobs aren’t prepared to return to work. You can minimize the impact of resume employment gaps by taking a class at a local community college or attending a training seminar in your field to show hiring managers that you’re serious about entering the telecommuting workforce.
Opt for a functional resume. A chronological resume focuses on employment dates, whereas a functional resume shines the spotlight on the abilities and unique accomplishments you can utilize in a remote job. Your volunteer work at a community food bank or time spent as PTA president involves transferable and marketable skills that don’t need to be listed in chronological order.
Use creative heading choices. When addressing your work history on your resume, use a heading like “Relevant Experience,” rather than “Employment.” This strategy allows you to list volunteer stints, training and certifications earned, and other community-based roles you’ve held, which will make it easier for recruiters to envision how your life as a SAHM could be applicable to the telecommute job you want.
Be honest. You may sense that a hiring manager is hesitant about your SAHM status, but don’t lie about your background or mask it with a cutesy job title like “Domestic Engineer.” After all, why would you want to work for a company that devalues working parents or views stay-at-home moms as second-class job applicants? Keep in mind that unsympathetic employers are the exception to the rule. Most telecommute-friendly companies are also family-friendly employers that understand the delicate balance of being a parent and a professional.
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