As promised, this is for you who are looking for work and have been at home. This includes Moms, Dads, grandparents, and parents who homeschool.
This is a very slippery slope. Some people feel comfortable talking about it and some people don’t. We are told that employers can’t discriminate if you are or did stay-at-home. Yet from both personal experience and others I have spoken with, this is not always true.
A wise woman once told me to say: “I have/ I had other obligations” when the illegal question is asked, or if you work part-time, why don’t you work full-time? I have my business. When not meeting with clients, it is full-time with marketing and trying to stay on top of things and keep up with clients.
Resumes and job applications are even tougher. I filled out one job application recently that asked you to explain a month or more of no work.
I have learned in life to always be doing something: volunteer work, direct selling, something. This keeps you in contact with people and possible future references and job opportunities. I have also learned to get out of the house for a couple of hours each day unless snowed in during a blizzard. Even then, go out and shovel.
Running a household and taking care of children is no joke. Doing this is like earning a crash course degree in economics and psychology all in one. (I wish all colleges would count this experience as life learning.) Yet the question: how to dodge the question and answer the question at the same time?
Two words: “Private caregiver.”
Two other possible words: “Family caregiver.” (If you feel so inclined and so comfortable.)
When listing tasks and responsibilities:
- Day-to-day upkeep and maintenance of private household
- Day-to-day accounting of given budget/ allowance
- Day-to-day daily and personal care of private individuals
Years of hard work can be difficult to sum up in a few short words. Everyone’s experience is similar but different.
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