“I am a mother, I have a hole in my CV, I will never get a job.” I have heard this statement so many times in my life, and honestly, I could not disagree with it more. Today, I am sharing an extraordinary story that teaches a lot on how to handle this highly common situation that even you might be facing currently.
Kristy, a mother
of three beautiful children, finally found a job. When I first met her two months
ago, she was distraught about not being able to find a suitable job for a whole
year. She kept telling herself that it was because of the 10-year hole she had
in her CV due to having three kids. I explained to her then, that nobody would
ever give her a job if she kept repeating that statement. Here’s what I
suggested that she do instead:
saying that you have a hole in your CV because of your amazing kids, how about
changing your strategy?”
“When you have a
kid, there are a lot of new skills you have to learn in a matter of seconds.
So, being a mother of 3 kids, you are now efficient in:
Budget – You learned how to manage the budget for you and your kids
Management – As a mother, you cannot predict what
your kids will be up to next. Hence, you learn how to handle continual
unexpected events and become an expert in crisis management.
Management and Negotiation – You know how to manage
a team of diverse individuals with different ages, attitudes, and needs.
Management – You can organise multiple events
simultaneously and manage different agendas (eg. Different sports activities or
school activities for each kid).
Intelligence Capabilities – You develop
extraordinary emotional intelligence and you only need one glance to understand
Smart Buyer – You know how to be an excellent buyer and choose the right
products and services needed for your team and organisation.
Multitasking – You are multitasking every day, and excelling at it. As a mother,
I am sure that you have a lot of fun memories to share on this topic.
Management – When you are managing your schedule
along with that of your kids, you improve your time management skills and
Skills – You understand, much better than before,
how important it is to share information with your team in an effective manner.
In other words,
you acquired all the skills of a ‘family manager’, and you know what? Those are
the exact skills that are currently in high demand all over the world. After
all, most experts agree that management skills are closely aligned with the responsibilities
you master every day as a mother.
recruiter that you will be able to make the best use of all the above in your
new job role.
In life, if you
want something you never had, you need to do something you have never done. And
if you are a mother and you want to land a great job, you might find the above
suggestions useful to approach a recruiter.”
Dear moms, you
have no holes in your CV. If you are a mother, it is only a plus in your CV. You
do an extraordinary job, the most exclusive job in the world, that gives you
and will always give you a plus as a manager and as a person.
this role that you’ve played in your CV and in the interviews. For all you
know, like Kristy, this might be the key to landing that great job you’ve
Feel free to send me your amazing stories using this strategy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wish you all the best with your job hunting!
About the Author: Dr Silvia Vianello
( Professor and Director – Innovation Center, SP Jain School of Global Management )
Listed among the Top 100 Forbes Italian Women (2018), Dr Silvia Vianello is an entrepreneur, a start-up TV host, an author, and an Instagram luxury and travel influencer. With over 1 million social media followers (@profsilviavianello), she works with leaders and organisations across diverse industries to help transform their company culture and create a better working world and has been featured in multiple publications including Sloan Management Review, Forbes, India Today, Forbes India, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz India, The National.ae, The Economist, Millionaire, VanityFair, Glamour, Elle, and more.
Before joining SP Jain, Dr Vianello was the Marketing Director of Maserati for 24 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Oceania.