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Old 02-27-2016, 06:52 PM
 
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I worked as an Executive Assistant/Medical Transcriptionist for 19 years (1993 to 2012), resigned on very good terms (my former boss Cheryl is my friend on Facebook and wrote a glowing recommendation letter...we still speak to this day), then I moved out-of-state in summer of 2012 to join my fiancé and we had a child about 10 months later. I have been a stay-at-home mom ever since. Now that my fiancé will be taking early retirement, I want to dip my toes back into the workforce (not because I have to, but because I want to). I want to work part-time in retail or clerical. Should I list the four-year work gap on my résumé by indicating that I chose to stay home with my child?
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Old 02-27-2016, 07:08 PM
 
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Leave it off from what all the advice I've been given (very limited though). If they ask about gap, you can explain it in interview. I just don't think it being on resume/application will be all that useful.

If it is just a "gap", you could just leave the years/dates off of the old job(s). Then they won't know when you started working/stopped until they ask at interview. In which case you can explain then. Just focus on the skills/duties you obtained and not the "job" itself. Since in theory you should still have those same skills from performing those duties.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:00 PM
 
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Leave it off from what all the advice I've been given (very limited though). If they ask about gap, you can explain it in interview. I just don't think it being on resume/application will be all that useful.
Ditto. Somehow during the interview mentioning your skills at home may be convenient but you should rather make up something like being a freelancer at home occasionally so it doesn't look strange in your resumé, and you could even ask your friend that kind of "lift"

Then you could put something like

(NAME OF THE SAME COMPANY YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR PREVIOUSLY) - (2011- Present )

Freelancer medical transcriptionist (or any other position than could fit a freelance/at home developing), description of what you "did/do", bla bla bla.

Is weird to say that during four years you "did nothing" (because that's why they see it to be a housewife, because they are just that kind of cold hearted people) so just give any bananas they would find more convenient to hear.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:08 PM
 
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Under the last job you had, put reason for leaving blah blah blah.

Without an explanation, your gap will raise some eye brows. Whoever that is reviewing resumes might not even want to bother.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Dothan AL
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I worked as an Executive Assistant/Medical Transcriptionist for 19 years (1993 to 2012), resigned on very good terms (my former boss Cheryl is my friend on Facebook and wrote a glowing recommendation letter...we still speak to this day), then I moved out-of-state in summer of 2012 to join my fiancé and we had a child about 10 months later. I have been a stay-at-home mom ever since. Now that my fiancé will be taking early retirement, I want to dip my toes back into the workforce (not because I have to, but because I want to). I want to work part-time in retail or clerical. Should I list the four-year work gap on my résumé by indicating that I chose to stay home with my child?
With this record, I would write, " sabbatical for pregnancy and childcare". If I were to review it, this would be in your favor. I am not sure about the retail market, but medical transcriptionist, yes!
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:32 PM
 
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It is such a tough position to be in and everyone has a different way to handle it so you are going to get a lot of different opinions.

If you don't have anything in your resume over the last 4 years most people won't give you an interview.

If you have to apply online, you aren't going to be able to hide your dates/gap.

Now if you leave off dates to hide your gap on your resume that is a huge red flag and most won't give you an interview.

So that leaves you with putting down the last 4 years on your resume.

What did you do?

Employers are going to expect that you where very involved in your community, non profits, volunteering, got involved in groups etc..... they want to see that even though you where a stay at home mom, you had every intention on going back to work, so obviously a person like this held leadership positions, kept their skills polished, used their time to network etc.... if all you did is take care of kids, home, spouse, that is not good enough.

It is a HUGE uphill battle for stay at home parents that want go back to work and many never get hired and end up unemployable.

Good luck.
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:04 AM
 
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It is such a tough position to be in and everyone has a different way to handle it so you are going to get a lot of different opinions.

If you don't have anything in your resume over the last 4 years most people won't give you an interview.

If you have to apply online, you aren't going to be able to hide your dates/gap.

Now if you leave off dates to hide your gap on your resume that is a huge red flag and most won't give you an interview.

So that leaves you with putting down the last 4 years on your resume.

What did you do?

Employers are going to expect that you where very involved in your community, non profits, volunteering, got involved in groups etc..... they want to see that even though you where a stay at home mom, you had every intention on going back to work, so obviously a person like this held leadership positions, kept their skills polished, used their time to network etc.... if all you did is take care of kids, home, spouse, that is not good enough.

It is a HUGE uphill battle for stay at home parents that want go back to work and many never get hired and end up unemployable.

Good luck.
I am not sure where people get this stuff from. Unemployable? Not getting Interviews? Geez, I know stay at home parents (moms and dads) who had NO PROBLEMS getting back to work. They were stay at home parents, not felons, not drug addicts, not collecting welfare/unemployment etc. Even felons and drug addicts get jobs. But according to the internet forums most everyone is unemployable

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Old 02-28-2016, 09:53 AM
 
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It is such a tough position to be in and everyone has a different way to handle it so you are going to get a lot of different opinions.

If you don't have anything in your resume over the last 4 years most people won't give you an interview.

If you have to apply online, you aren't going to be able to hide your dates/gap.

Now if you leave off dates to hide your gap on your resume that is a huge red flag and most won't give you an interview.

So that leaves you with putting down the last 4 years on your resume.

What did you do?

Employers are going to expect that you where very involved in your community, non profits, volunteering, got involved in groups etc..... they want to see that even though you where a stay at home mom, you had every intention on going back to work, so obviously a person like this held leadership positions, kept their skills polished, used their time to network etc.... if all you did is take care of kids, home, spouse, that is not good enough.

It is a HUGE uphill battle for stay at home parents that want go back to work and many never get hired and end up unemployable.

Good luck.
That's asinine and wrong.
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:24 PM
 
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That's asinine and wrong.
Yet it happens. I work with stay at home parents looking for work every week. It is not easy. Lots of recruiters I talk to on a daily basis tell me they can't even get employers to look at resumes if the person has a gap longer than 6 months. Now imagine what employers think of someone who hasn't worked in years.

Most stay at home parents who find work quick do it through networking where someone they know just hires them because of who they are, not what their resume says. Lots of people aren't in that position.
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