I really need something current that would look good on my resume! I haven't heard back on any resumes I've sent out for positions I've applied for to date. Granted, I haven't sent out that many, but I would think I would at least be called in for the occasional interview.
I'm sure part of the problem is that I'm over-qualified for the positions I've applied for. I was making a six-figure income when I left the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a Senior Analyst 6 years ago. That might scare away some potential employers who are advertising for $13/hour clerical work.
The other problem is that I've not had a paid position in seven years, which makes me unattractive to many employers. Ironically, this motherhood gig is the most challenging work I've ever had! I need to think of ways to market my motherhood experience as a selling point to future employers. A potential resume for my motherhood experience might look something like this:
January 2004 to Present:
During this period, I worked for an extremely demanding boss. I worked long hours with no pay. Nevertheless, my boss would often scream and throw fits if she did not get things exactly as she wanted them. This experience has taught me to have an amazing amount of patience. I can certainly handle any employer or supervise any employee with an unending well of patience and understanding to draw from.
I've overseen various projects requiring the issuance of rewards when appropriate. I would administer these bonuses only when appropriately earned by the boss.
I've been in charge of clean-up work. No matter how much disgusting clean-up was required after a project ended, I had the sole responsibility to clean up items including various types of bodily fluid. This experience guarantees that I can stomach any situation.
I've mastered the art of mommy politics which would rival any office politics. I learned to network to get the appropriate invitations and other social engagements for my boss. I've helped smooth over any event that wasn't to my boss's satisfaction while maintaining good relations with the other moms.
I've maintained my sense of humor during stressful situations and am very quick on my feet with developing solutions to various problems that come up during the day. Not to toot my own horn, but I've helped my boss come up with the majority of the solutions to the day-to-day problems that arise.
Yeah, these job skills that I've acquired should help me land a big six-figure paycheck!