“Mum” should be on your CV!

One of the big  TV programmes in our house at the moment is Channel 4’s The Job Interview; every week there has been a mum returning to work from raising her children, I sit there watching her getting quizzed about the “gap in her CV” (ie the time she took off work to raise her child. Why is “Mum” considered a gap on the CV? What would happen if “Mum” was a commonly accepted part of your employment history?

Well job interviews would be different for a start, instead of sitting in the interview room and  drawing from irrelevant experience from years ago they could list their current skills & experiences!

How interview questions could be answered:

• What experience do you have in priority setting?

Well just last week I was cooking dinner, the veg began to boil over at exactly the same time as the following: the door knocked, the toddler threw a tantrum and the phone rang; I turned the veg off first, gave the toddler a toy to try and distract her and then answered the door while holding the phone!

• Tell about a time when you multi tasked?

Well when my child was a baby I used to put her in a sling to rock her to sleep, do some household chores and catch up on social media all at the same time (hands up who’s doing that right now ?)

• Can you tell me about a time when you have had to deal with a difficult customer?

Yes, one day my toddler asked for toast for breakfast, so I made it and gave it to her but she threw it on the floor; she no longer wanted toast; she now fancied weetabix; so I made that but she no longer wanted that, she fancied a yoghurt. I lovingly fetched the yoghurt and spoon remaining calm, polite and loving through the whole experience.

• Can you tell me about your organisation skills?

Yes, just to get here today I meticulously plan my morning, ensuring my child are their breakfast, I showered and got dressed in time, organised childcare for the interview, dealt with at least 10 unexpected requests from my child and due to my organisational skills I still managed to find 10 minutes to do my hair and make up and look presentable!

• How are your communication skills?

They’re great, just this week I was able to get through to my child and tell them it’s dinner time despite them playing minecraft!

The scenarios above are entirely fictitious, but I am sure we can all at least identify with one of them! 

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32 thoughts on ““Mum” should be on your CV!

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    Haha loved this! So true – I do feel quite a bit of pressure in interviews to remember everything ‘before becoming a mum’ it’s crazy, my life has completely changed but I have to switch back to the pre-child me and almost convince them that motherhood hasn’t changed me. It is ridiculous that it’s seen as ‘a gap in the CV’. Great post x #TheList

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    I have written similar a year or so ago. I think being a mum is the toughest thing you can do, (also the best). Great post. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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    Yes exactly! I couldn’t help get on my soapbox and write something about it!! X

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    I’ve been watching this programme too and this has really annoyed me! It’s always the male director referring to a ‘gap in the CV’ and the female HR person saying ‘it doesn’t matter’ #thelist
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    Haha this is brilliant – I totally agree and the skills we have as Mums should be recognised a lot more than they are. #picknmix

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    It’s about everyone going for interviews but usually there’s at least one retuning to work mum per Job x

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    This is so very true! I think we’ve all done every single one of those! I didn’t realise that this programme was about mums going for interviews. I might have to start watching! #TheList

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    Hats exactly what I was and yes a toddler is definitely harder to please!! X

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    So true, I was a PA in a former life and negotiating with my children as toddlers was often way more intense than negotiating with senior managers!!

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    Wow you visited quick lol 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂 x

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    Hehe great post!! I am writing my CV up now as I need to go back to work. Eek I have a nice big 8 ish year gap that needs filling in!!

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

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    Ha this is so true! I have a big gap in my CV, not that I have any intention of applying for non self employed jobs at the moment anyway though 😉 I like working for me too much, I’m a great boss.

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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    I love this! I have seen a couple of those programmes and often thought myself why is it seen as a gap! It is the hardest job in the world and the most rewarding. I have learnt so much since becoming a mum and think I could offer an employer more than I could before. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

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    I used to be a PA and I remember thinking in the early days how similar it was to being a parent – apart from the fact that my son was a far more demanding and unreasonable boss than anyone I’ve worked with! It’s such a shame that people still view taking time out of a career to look after children as a gap – I’ve learned so much about myself and definitely become far more patient and more confident in myself too! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    Ooh I’ve never heard of this programme will check it out though, sounds very interesting! TBH I don’t really understand why mothers are made to feel like they need to justify the ‘gap’ in their CV, I mean what’s the alternative? All women should decide not to reproduce and let the human race die out???! Maybe the MEN could have the babies- oh hang on, they can’t! It’s ridiculous!!! Brilliant interview answers by the way- I’d hire you ? #picknmix
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    Yep! Totally agree. It really annoys me that being a mum isn’t valued enough by people in business. Bloody brilliantly put! #thelist

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    Exactly, it’s certainly the hardest but most rewarding job I’ve ever had! Hopefully one day we can change it being viewed as a gap! X

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    Thank you Alice, means a lot when people share my posts 🙂 x

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    Love this! Definitely sharing it! Brilliant answers, hope it makes people think too!! #SharingtheBlogLove

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    This is hysterical I think you mums should add t to your CV! X

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    Couldn’t agree more! ‘Mum’ is definitely not a gap in your CV – it’s probably the most impressive thing on a mother’s CV – certainly the most demanding job I’ve ever done and has taught me so much about time management / people management / delegation / organisation / teamwork / communication… you name it!! Such a shame in this day and age people still see it as a ‘gap’. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Eb x
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