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Previous Experience – Irrelevant

YES you may contact my present employer!

YES you may contact my present employer!

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!

What parenting skill or expertise do you wish you could put on your resume?

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.

Comments

  1. Head of Human Resources & Household Manager would be good ones.

  2. Cute! You certainly have your hands full & it sounds like you’re becoming quite the expert in your field 😉

  3. It’s a rough job market even when you do have constant job experience. When I moved to MD I took a part-time job while I started my Master’s. About a year into it I decided to try a full time job with going to school. I finally did it, but I literally applied to over 500 jobs to do it. And another 500 when I got my Master’s and tried to get a job USING it. My current job is the first job I’ve ever gotten that someone else didn’t help me get. Reach out to anyone you can close by and let them know you’re looking. It seems like 90% of the time they will hire someone with a personal reference over someone more qualified. I speak from experience when I see the person that a company hired over me!

  4. It’s not easy, that’s for sure! Be glad your degree is in something other than ministry, though:) Cuz that ain’t easy! Remember, you don’t just want ANY job, you want the right one. Being patient until God leads you to the right place will be well worth it!! Good luck!