If you’ve been home for a while and you plan to return to work at some point, do yourself a solid and open your resume. Seriously. I know it’s the furthest thing from your mind right now. But, there are a few good reasons for this: 1) you likely didn’t update it with your last work experience as you were preoccupied with expecting a new addition, 2) you NEED to see what story your resume tells about you, and 3) you need to make a plan to transition back in and that may require more schooling or certifications.

We recently relocated to a new state and my husband’s employer graciously provided me (! wow, something for me) with a career coach in the event I was going to be job searching. I am not going back just yet, but I did take them up on the offer of resume help and it was fabulous. One thing I had not included on my previous resumes (and I will going forward) is a summary of my work experience at the very top. In just a few bullet points, the coach showed me how to pull out the experience I want to highlight, and in my case since I would like to work in a completely new field, how to connect the experience I have with the type of candidate they are looking for. Very broad brush summary. Think along the lines of what are your defining, strongest skills. Do the work for the hiring manager! Connect the dots. Makes a ton of sense to me.

The other piece of advice they gave me is that volunteer experience can be included on your resume, especially if it is long-term in nature. It shows you are engaged and motivated. Use your judgement with the type of position you are seeking, but by all means, take credit for the hard work you are doing for the school or MOMs group or wherever. –Don’t have volunteer experience? Go get some. It’s super important. Stay tuned, that will be an upcoming post. —

And once you put all that time into your resume, you should update your LinkedIn profile and keep your connections up to date.

If anyone is interested in reviewing each others’ resumes, please comment.