Vicki Salemi: Getting back into the career world

Q: I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for years. I left a high-paying, high-profile job more than 15 years ago to raise my kids, and now that they’re older I’m ready to work again. I’m applying to jobs, but there’s a huge gap on my resume. No one’s calling me. What should I do?

A: First, congrats on your return to paid work. The reality is that, as a devoted mother, you’ve been working this entire time. There are several things you can do, as your skills are coveted by employers. If you don’t already have it, add an executive summary to the top of your resume. It’s a couple of sentences highlighting your skills and what you’re exceptional at doing. (Resume hack: You can copy and paste the paragraph into your cover letters, too.)

Think about all the skills you’ve mastered like a boss whether it’s multitasking, managing budgets (as in your household) and personalities, deadlines, etc. as well as volunteer opportunities you perhaps participated in. Every experience counts. Employers don’t only place value on skills and experiences in jobs similar to the ones they’re interviewing for — they rely on candidates’ abilities to demonstrate their transferable skills. Think about skills like customer service as well as soft skills like empathy.

Employers are more flexible than ever as a result of the Great Resignation. They are looking for candidates who are a fit for the organization, knowing they can train new hires in certain aspects, but culturally you can’t train someone on that. Eith