If you’re looking for work, you probably know that the interviewer’s not allowed to ask whether you have kids... Because it’s illegal for employers to make hiring decisions based on your personal life. But here’s why researchers say you might want to mention your kids.
According to a Career Builder survey, the majority of hiring managers believe the skills it takes to successfully raise a family translate extremely well into the workplace.
For example, if we’re able to teach a scared 7-year-old to ride a bike, we won’t blink when we’re asked to show a nervous intern the ropes. And a tense staff meeting is probably nothing to a Mom or Dad who can get their kids to compromise after a fight.
And if a parent has the energy and patience to spend 8 hours in an amusement park with their kid – they most likely have the patience to deal with cranky, complaining clients all day. Plus, parents are master multitaskers. So, we can be counted on to deal with unexpected emergencies and still get our normal work done.
Recruiting expert Rosemary Haefner says mentioning they you have kids can be a advantage for anyone who’s returning to the workforce after taking a break to raise a family. In fact, she recommends showcasing your years as a stay-at-home parent... Say, by putting a separate line-item on your résumé that says, “Took time off to raise my children.” And under that, list your skills and experience from that “job” just as though you’d been working as a paid childcare provider. Just don’t make it cutesy. Hiring managers know that taking care of a family is worthy work - and it should be treated as seriously as anything else listed on your résumé.