Update your resume before you leave your job to stay home with the kids
I'm so impressed with Melissa's ability to think ahead, especially in the face of an impending move.
I am getting ready to leave the workforce for a few years while we relocate for my husband's job. I will be staying home with the kids and know that at some point in two to three years I will want to go back to work. So, my hack is to write up my resume before I quit. Then I can remember all of the committees I've served on, workshops I've attended, and duties I've been responsible for in my current job. Plus, let's face it, 24 hours a day with two kids under three is going to make my brain a little melty for a while and trying to remember my pre-SAHM life may be challenging in a couple of years. [Challenging? Near IMPOSSIBLE. If someone asked me to write a resume right now, it would take some serious mental gymnastics. -- Ed.]
I would add that getting a few letters of recommendation for your files (while your stellar performance is fresh in the minds of your boss or coworkers) wouldn't hurt either.
There's so much to say about this. I know quite a few women who left the workforce once they had kids fully intending to go back in a few years. But those few years did a number on their self-confidence, at least where professional qualifications were concerned. I imagine that having a resume all ready for that future date would be a comfort and an ego jumpstart as one started looking for a job.
Any other tips for parents who are considering restarting their careers after time at home with kids?