I would like to take a moment to commiserate with anyone who has been job searching for an extended period of time. This job market? It is rough. I’ve been looking for a job for just two months now and I’m already so discouraged by the lack of jobs that fit my background and experience. My undergraduate degree is in Social Work and I am two semesters in to my Master’s degree, also in Social Work.
Without giving you my full job history (because honestly I’m a little weary from typing it out over and over again), I got a good job in my field right out of college. A few years into that, I got pregnant with my first son and we moved a few hours away. I worked part-time at a job not in my field but have been a full-time Stay At Home Mom since spring of 2011.
Now I find myself in this awkward situation where my resume looks bleak and irrelevant because I’ve not been employed recently. I’m sure it makes the HR department wonder when they see large gaps in job history. I wish I could fill it in with all of the experience I’ve had over the last 4.5 years:
- Chief Diapering Engineer
- Head Chef, Purees and Bite-Sized Specialties
- Recreational Activities Director, Department of Crayons & Papercrafts
- Sales Representative, Yucky Veggies & Uncomfortable Clothes Division
- Lead Sleep Specialist in charge of Cuddling & Monster-Expulsion
Now THAT’S what I call job experience!