Mom's CV: Amazing Work Skills You've Honed as a Mother

Parenting translates into worthwhile job skills. If you’re looking to get back into the workforce, you shouldn’t devalue the skills you’ve gained outside of work. Many transferable skills that parents learn such as time management, conflict resolution and event organisation are in high demand by employers. (Seek,2019) Jane Knight founder of Successful Mums saw how her own transferable skills were boosted by becoming a mom.

  1. Time management 
    Juggling a household is a real skill. You need to know how to manage school pick-ups and drop-offs, after-school activities and ensure dinner is on the table before the kids get moody. This is not an easy task and time management is one key skill you definitely obtain when being a mother.
  2. Communication
    As a mom, you are constantly teaching mentoring and counselling your kids. In addition to this, there are also the communication skills you boost through events/organisations you end up being part of when you are a parent.
  3. Problem-solving 
    Every industry needs good problem solvers.  As a mother, you will come across problems you never thought existed. You will be overwhelmed with problems that need solving almost every day. You will learn when to step in to help your kids and how to provide them with the best tools to do it themselves.
  4. Organisational skills 
    Many mothers become super organisers. As a mom you may project manage the family renovation or the big holiday trip. Maybe you have planned, budgeted, and executed a school event. Whatever it is you have done, document what you did and match the key skills against job advertisements.

JOB DESCRIPTION OF A MUM BY JANE KNIGHT, SUCCCESSFULMUMS… 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Team players needed for challenging role in a crazy manic environment. Candidates must have excellent communication skills and be willing to work very flexible hours, this will include evenings and weekends plus all night shifts. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 
Maintain calendars, plan and organise social gatherings for clients of all ages and mood swings;
• To assemble and product safety test plastic toys and battery operated devices which will subsequently break in 5 minutes;
• Some overnight travel required including trips to campsites on rainy weekends and ferry trips to France in force 9 gales, travel expenses not reimbursed;
• Extensive driving required to numerous village and sports halls;
• Must always hope for the best but prepare for the worst. 

SKILLS:
• Commitment – this is a role for the rest of your life;
• Communication skills – communication skills that can adapt to a variety of situations essential;
• Any previous experience with trained negotiators desirable;
• Organisational skills – you require the skills of a school time-tabler and the discretion of a PA;
• Resilience – must be willing to be disliked, at least on a temporary basis and must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly;

POSSIBLE PROMOTION:
None. Your job is to remain the same for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you. 

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: 
• Hard to obtain – please see above re trained negotiator, PA.
• On the job training offered on a continually exhausting basis. 

WAGES AND COMPENSATION:
You will work for free. In fact, you actually pay them, offering frequent raises and bonuses along the way. A bonus payment is due apparently when they turn 18 because of the assumption that further education will help them become financially independent. 

BENEFITS:
Even though this doesn’t sound like an attractive package this role will allow you to witness the amazing growth and development of your client whilst gaining free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right. 

Successful Mums is a unique training organisation providing business and career advice for mums. Contact us at hello@successfulmums.co.uk to see how we can help www.successfulmums.co.uk

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