Cover Letter Mother Going Back To Work
Sample Cover Letter -- The Pitch!
So here's a sample pitch to try:
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Dear Mr. Bloggs,
I am excited by the opportunity to submit my resume to you for consideration. The position I wish to apply for is (insert name of position and position number if relevant), as advertized in / on (insert name of newspaper or website where you found the advertisement, along with the date of publication).
As a stay at home mom returning to the workforce, I feel I can offer a great deal to your company. While I have not had recent work experience, I have ensured that my skills have remained up to date. I have attended training sessions in (insert name of some training you have done in recent years), and am very interested in continuing to develop my skills in this area. I am a competent user of digital technologies, and am able to operate systems and programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook and Photoshop (insert names of other or different computer programs as relevant to your situation).
Some employers are reluctant to offer positions to those who have been out of the workforce for some years, but I am encouraged by your company's positive attitude and ability to see the future benefits of employing people in my situation. I can assure you that my own positive approach to life and work, together with my ability to quickly master new skills and my desire to reach my goals will be a good match for your company.
I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss my application further with you once you have considered my attached resume. I can be contacted on (insert phone number) to arrange an interview time.
Yours sincerely (if you know the name of the person, or yours faithfully if you don't),
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Are you a mom or dad returning to the job market after having taken time off to raise your kids? Here are some tips about how your cover letter can make that transition a little smoother.
Many moms and dads who find themselves re-entering the workforce after one or many years of child rearing are unsure about their place in the current job market. If you're a re-entry job hunter, you may be scratching your head and asking questions like these:
- How do I explain so many years of "not working"?
- Do I have the skills to compete in the current world of employment?
- How do I market myself to an industry that has been zooming ahead while I’ve been busy changing diapers, shuttling kids, and doing volunteer work?
Before you put any energy into your job search, it’s important to know that your role as a parent, family manager, community volunteer, student, or freelance worker (to mention just a few of the things you might have been doing while your kids learned how to walk) is valuable and marketable to an employer. In these roles, you maintained and developed skills, many of which are relevant to your new job objective.
Although you weren't paid for work you did as a parent, your experience can be mentioned in your cover letter (and resume) with dignity and relevance. By the way, this applies to full-time dads as well as moms.
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Marketable Skills for Moms and Dads Returning to Work
Raising a family is hard work, requiring many skills. I don't need to tell you that — you of all people know! To prepare for your job search, make a list of the skills it took (or takes) to be the good parent you are. Your skills list might include the following:
Once you create your skills list, check off the ones that are relevant to your new job. Now you know what your marketable skills are from your family management experience.
Volunteerism Pays Off
Many employers feel that what a job seeker does for no pay speaks louder about her character and commitment than what she does for money. State your volunteer experience proudly in your cover letter (and resume) to demonstrate that you have the skills, experience, personality, and, yes, passion (perhaps for a relevant social cause or humanitarian effort) for the job you seek. To help you realize what skills you've developed through your community service, take a look at the following talents used by many volunteers:
Fundraising (aka "development" in the nonprofit world)
Now make a list of skills you used (or use) in your community service. Again, check off the skills that will be useful in your new job.
See how much you have to offer an employer? You just have to talk confidently about your skills and experience in your cover letter.
Susan Hamilton, a woman re-entering the job market after raising a family of 4 over the last 17 years. By speaking with dignity about her full-time parenting, Susan portrays it as an asset. Take a look: