Most stay-at-home-moms actually work many jobs every day. They are teachers, nurses, babysitters, housekeepers, chauffeurs, and chefs. These roles do not bring money into the house, though. Unfortunately, finding a good job as a SAHM can be quite challenging.
How to do it? How can you, as a SAHM, show off your talents and get invited to interviews? How do you get back into a networking groove? Check out our tips below - they will help you start making money again.
So, it’s been quite a while since you’ve last searched for a new job. In a way, sending cover letters and resumes and having job interviews aren’t new to you. However, due to a time gap, it would still be wise to review the whole process.
This is the most important document you’ll need to create. To stand out from the crowd, you’ll need to invest some time to create the best resume you can.
While the resume is undoubtedly the most important paper, a well-written cover letter sometimes makes all the difference. Put an emphasis on your key strengths. Show that you’re enthusiastic about the role and keen to be a part of the team.
Nowadays, having an eye-catching LinkedIn profile is crucial. There, you’ll be able to showcase your relevant skills and grow your network. Make sure to choose an appropriate profile photo!
It may be of great help to create a personal website. You can link this online work portfolio to your social profiles (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc). The need to create a personal website depends on your field, though.
The next step would be to prepare a killer elevator pitch. Highlight all of your key skills, but keep it short and sweet. There’s a reason why it’s called the “elevator pitch” - the time for making a good first impression is limited.
A first-rate elevator pitch needs to be engaging, memorable, and unique. What’s more important, it needs to lead to further conversation. Show the passion you have for your field!
While you do have to invest time and effort into your resume, online presence, and the elevator pitch, you don’t have to immediately focus on landing a full-time job. Seeking out part-time work may be a wiser decision in your situation.
In fact, many employers use such positions as test drives. They provide them with a way to see if you’re a good fit. Part-time contracts are not hard to land, as they’re not risky for the company.
While it sounds like a cliché, knowing the right person can make all the difference. Try to meet new people, make connections, and do favors. The new people you get to know may introduce you to someone in your field.
Another thing to keep in mind is reaching out to former employers. Your former manager may be keen to rehire you. This is particularly true if you have a good relationship.
Working from home may be the best option for your situation. Not only it saves money but it also gives you more time for your parental duties. Here are some of the best options:
Obviously, this is a perfect choice for the multilingual SAHMs. It includes translating documents and audio files from one language to another. Assignments come with fixed prices that typically depend on the needed languages.
All you need here is internet access and a little bit of creativity. Brands and businesses always need individuals who can write and edit content. Deadlines are included, but there’s a good degree of flexibility.
If you’re good with numbers and extremely organized, you can always try remote bookkeeping. You’ll be reviewing financial records, updating various statements, and recording financial transactions.
As a customer service representative, you’ll be helping users, answering their questions, and addressing their problems. All you need here is internet access and a telephone headset. It’s a fantastic option for SAHMs who enjoy interacting with people.
This job is great for moms who are former teachers. From your home, you’ll be able to teach kids in subjects like a foreign language, reading, writing, math, and others.
Do you have a knack for home decor? In this job, clients send photos of their rooms and lists of their goals. Your job is to create a vision board where you’ll compile furniture, swatches, and colors. You’ll also coordinate and manage the project to completion.
Besides the options mentioned above, less-demanding occupations are also available. These include photography, starting a blog, or renting out free space. There’s always a way to make that extra income!
I’m Rebecca, a translator and avid traveler, a book worm and horror flick enthusiast. My job has given me the amazing opportunity to travel to dozens of countries around the world, and writing on Rough Draft gives me a chance to try to showcase some of them.