As chief household officer, Mom's skills include the ability to multitask, negotiate and manage conflict. When it comes to getting back in the job market, however, there's a right and a wrong way to highlight those skills.
More than two-thirds of hiring managers say parenting skills can be relevant experience in the corporate world, according to a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,138 hiring managers. (See chart below for the abilities they deemed most valuable.) The online career website also talked to 464 working moms—8 percent of whom said they had noted parenting skills in their resume or cover letter. (Tweet This)
"When employers are filling a job, they're looking for someone who knows how to make their skills and experience relevant to that employer," said Jennifer Grasz, a spokeswoman for CareerBuilder. Another CareerBuilder survey found that 77 percent of employers think "soft skills" like work ethic and juggling multiple priorities are just as important a consideration as job-specific "hard skills" when hiring a new employee. Parental achievements can qualify, too, she said.
That's good news for moms switching jobs or re-entering the workforce. Almost three-quarters of working moms said they would still work even if they didn't have to, according to a new poll of 259 mothers from staffing company Express Employment Professionals. "I'm extremely prejudiced in their favor," said Robert Funk, Express Employment Professionals' chairman and CEO. "They have two jobs, one during the daytime hours and one during the evenings with their children."
But how long to take off from work after having a baby can be a contentious financial issue—it's the subject expecting couples fight the most about, according to a recent NerdWallet survey of 1,217 moms. Financial consequences can be expensive either way.
In a report last year, Pew Research found 29 percent of moms were not working outside the home in 2012, up from 23 percent in 1999. Researchers posited that rising child-care costs were a factor—it can be cheaper to stay home. (Such fees vary widely, with residents in Mississippi paying an average $5,496 per year for infant care and those in Massachusetts paying an average $16,549, according to a 2014 Child Care Aware America report.)