Many moms make the difficult choice to pause their careers to care for family. When they’re ready to return to the workforce, another challenge emerges: how should they address the employment gap on their resume?
HR experts and recruiters have mixed feelings on the topic. Some believe a mom shouldn’t mention that her children were the reason she stopped working. Others recommend being upfront.
On LinkedIn, a Texas-based recruiter enthusiastically argued for the latter—and it’s for a reason all working moms can appreciate.
Tim Roose, the president of Roose Recruiting and Consulting, recently spoke with a woman struggling to find a job. She hadn’t been employed in seven years because she was busy raising three kids.
During their conversation, he was saddened by multiple recruiters’ advice regarding her resume gap. Several told her to leave out the fact that she stayed home with her children.
Tim had a refreshing stance. “When did choosing family over work become worse than not working at all!?” he wrote. “I told her to put it on there. Why? Because worst case, even if you leave it as a gap, it’s going to come up in your interview.”
He reasoned that people shouldn’t feel ashamed when they prioritize caregiving, writing: “I want to believe that people hire people. People hire potential. People hire stories. People don’t hire resumes. And I hope others of you will believe it as well. If you’ve not worked because you were taking care of your kids or an aging parent, don’t feel like you have to hide. Wear the fact that you love your family proudly.”
For Tim, pausing one’s career to watch over relatives is a type of “loyalty” future employers would appreciate in their workers.
Ending his post, he informed the LinkedIn community that the woman is still eagerly looking to get back into the workforce. “If you’re a Dallas-based company that would talk to a 15-year tech salesperson looking to get back to work, please message me! No fee required!”
In the comments, many praised the recruiter for his post.
“This is such a great point! Sadly I also hear this kind of shade in the form of ‘We’re only interested in passive (read: currently employed) candidates.’ That’s such narrow-minded thinking and not the kind of organization that even deserves the top talent they are clearly missing out on,” one user wrote.
A working mom added, “Having young children isn’t a disease. It doesn’t make me less valuable. In fact, I have always felt that you will not find more seriously dedicated workers than parents/single parents. We can’t waste one moment of time because it is imperative for us to work hard, accomplish goals and quotas, and be able to get home to the family that is frequently our ‘why’ for our drive and determination.”
In messages to WorkingMother.com, Tim made it clear that he is committed to family. He even includes his wedding photo with wife Missy in his LinkedIn profile. “My wife is why I’m the man I am,” he wrote.
He also shared the mom’s LinkedIn profile and invited employers to contact him for more information. Let’s help her secure an awesome new job! Internet, do your thing.