Does Experience as a Mom Count?

Dear Deb:

I took off 8 years to care for my son who had a serious illness.  He’s much better now.   I want and need to get back to work.   While caring for my son, I became an advocate for my son and other children with seizure disorders.  If it were not for my fighting, we would not have gotten my son the then-experimental medication that has reduced his seizures from dozens per day to one every week or two.  And, his old happy personality is back! I am considering a role as a healthcare advocate or something having to do with helping people navigate medical and legal issues.

Can I talk about my experience as a mother on my resume? 

Thank you!

Fiona

Dear Fiona,

I am glad to hear your son is doing well.  He’s lucky to have you in his corner.  That terrible situation uncovered or developed special skills that you have.  It’s wonderful that you have decided to use these skills to help others facing similar challenges.

Customize a resume particularly for this career transition.  In your profile and core competencies sections, share your special knowledge, experience and skills.  Knowledge may be of the US healthcare system and medical terminology.  An example of a skill may be the ability to interpret insurance policies and legislation regarding patients’ rights.

Yes, you can how that experience on your resume.  I would recommend creating a section of your resume and label it, “Additional Experience.”   You could call your role, Parent Advocate. Under that, list the accomplishments.  Focus on the results that you achieved, such as gaining access to specialists, interpreting insurance policies to maximize your benefits, identifying new treatments, gaining access and funds to provide treatment for your son.

Wishing you all the best!

Deb

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Does Experience as a Mom Count?

Dear Deb:

I took off 8 years to care for my son who had a serious illness.  He’s much better now.   I want and need to get back to work.   While caring for my son, I became an advocate for my son and other children with seizure disorders.  If it were not for my fighting, we would not have gotten my son the then-experimental medication that has reduced his seizures from dozens per day to one every week or two.  And, his old happy personality is back! I am considering a role as a healthcare advocate or something having to do with helping people navigate medical and legal issues.

Can I talk about my experience as a mother on my resume? 

Thank you!

Fiona

Dear Fiona,

I am glad to hear your son is doing well.  He’s lucky to have you in his corner.  That terrible situation uncovered or developed special skills that you have.  It’s wonderful that you have decided to use these skills to help others facing similar challenges.

Customize a resume particularly for this career transition.  In your profile and core competencies sections, share your special knowledge, experience and skills.  Knowledge may be of the US healthcare system and medical terminology.  An example of a skill may be the ability to interpret insurance policies and legislation regarding patients’ rights.

Yes, you can how that experience on your resume.  I would recommend creating a section of your resume and label it, “Additional Experience.”   You could call your role, Parent Advocate. Under that, list the accomplishments.  Focus on the results that you achieved, such as gaining access to specialists, interpreting insurance policies to maximize your benefits, identifying new treatments, gaining access and funds to provide treatment for your son.

Wishing you all the best!

Deb

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