Parenthood
Woman highlights her ‘mom skills’ in resumé rather than corporate experience
She sure curated a long list of skills as a mom and they're more relevant too. This is brilliant.
Ma Fatima Garcia
11.25.21

Since the start of the pandemic, Sydney Williams, the global director of brand marketing for GE, was one of the lucky employees to work full time at home.

While working at home, Sydney was also a full-time mother for her two adorable kids. She has a two-year-old and a six-month-old son.

A few months ago, she had spare time in her hands. She decided to do something unique and inspiring.

It started with self-reflection.

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She decided to sit down and re-write her resume but not to add new corporate skills. Instead, she removed every corporate skill she had learned and only listed skills from being a mother.

You’d be surprised how each skill set from being a mother can also make you an efficient and effective corporate employee.

Not convinced? Keep reading.

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“I do everything you do, but I do it with one hand.”

According to Sydney, she holds on to what is important in her life, and that’s her baby. She then single-handedly completes all her other tasks.

While it was challenging for her, each day she learns and she becomes more effective and efficient with her role.

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“I think 10 steps ahead.”

As a mother, you need to wake up prepared for the day’s challenges. For some, it’s a routine task, but a stay-at-home mother would tell you otherwise.

You need to plan ahead.

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“I maintain positivity, while my patience is pushed to the limit.”

When you are a mother, your kids will definitely push your patience to the limit. You learn how to deal with meltdowns, non-sense but funny debates, and even non-stop energy.

You do all this while maintaining a loving relationship with them.

Patience is key.

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“I adapt.”

Do you think adapting to corporate roles is hard? Think of a mother who constantly shifts career roles. From being a teacher, nurse, Barbie, driver, racer, monster, and even a dinosaur.

“I lead with empathy.”

Sydney said that her team is the most important for her, and she works for them.

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“I fight ferociously.”

She’s a mother who is willing to fight ferociously for her tiny but lovely team.

Sydney also added that she communicates powerfully and prolifically. She prioritizes integrity and honesty in her household.

She is also in constant search of a better solution when faced with daily challenges. To do this, she also welcomes collaboration from other mothers.

Support groups aim to help each member to be more effective in their role as the CEO of their household.

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“I do it all with very little “Thank you.”

Lastly, she goes to sleep and wakes up ready to face the life of being a mother again. She does it happily because of her dedication and love.

In her caption, her updated resume aims to be an eye-opener.

“My Mom Resume isn’t unique. I have no doubt that the Moms within the 156,000 women who left the workforce in December hold many, many more of the evasive skills we look for in our teams, colleagues, and leaders.”

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She wanted the businesses to see how capable a mother is to be in the corporate world.

Sydney wants all moms to get a fighting chance.

The reality is, some businesses look down on women who have spent so much time being full-time mothers. For them, they may not be effective or efficient with the work that they have.

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“Something is fundamentally, catastrophically broken if we are letting this type of talent leave the workforce.”

Sydney’s post went viral, and it showed how mothers can handle corporate work and even offer more.

Way to go, moms!

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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