There has long been a push to recognise motherhood as a legitimate job, and the skills learned recognised as valuable to employers.
HeyMama, a US-based community for working mums, have launched a campaign called Motherhood on the Resume. The campaign is an effort to break down the cultural biases that exist against mothers.
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Mothers need to understand both the up and downsides of adding the title of 'mum' to their resume.
While women gain essential skills from motherhood, such as strong communication and interpersonal skills, the work world may not yet be ready to listen.
Employers view mothers as less fit for employment and promotion than their non-parent counterparts. Employers judge mothers as 10% less competent and 12.1% less committed. The US Census data shows that black women were paid 63% of non-Hispanic white men, and Latinas were compensated at only 55%.
The question is increasingly popping up whether or not the skills of motherhood belongs on a CV.
The role of motherhood has become more visible during the pandemic as schools transitioned to remote classrooms, and women took on a bigger load of home life than before. Mothers multi-task, plan, research, negotiate, manage time and lead. Research shows mothers are better at listening, more diplomatic, very organised, more efficient, and better mentors.
Hiring managers who've seen what their mothers are capable of, or who are parents themselves, may view a mum more positively.
But subjectivity and biases remain. Some hiring managers might pass over mothers because they assume mothers will need more time off, or take advantage of a flexible scheduling policy. Ultimately, mothers need to connect how the skills learned in motherhood make them a strong candidate for a job.
In traditional corporate environments, the salary is often hidden because it’s a game of cat and mouse trying to figure out what salary the candidate is currently on, what they’re expecting, and what the company is willing to pay.
But this lack of disclosure hurts workers. Knowing the expected salary upfront lets a candidate understand whether a job will be financially viable for them. It also streamlines conversations later in the hiring process.
The job-market today changes very fast. Innovation means new industries require candidates who can learn quickly and adapt their experience to new roles. This means that people work for shorter periods at several companies, with brief employment gaps.
As markets continue to shift in unpredictable ways, job hunters need to understand how to address resume gaps and avoid them in the future.
When writing a cover letter it is important to understand the significance of it. One's cover letter should go beyond their work history and must include the things that cannot be found in a resume.
It should include personal traits, work habits, inter and intrapersonal skills, achievements, and even one's enthusiasm for the job.
Your cover letter is like a simple introduction of who you are and what makes you a strong candidate for the company.
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