Job hunting as a single parent?

by singlemomseeking on April 13, 2009

When I look at my resume from five years ago, it’s a joke. Guess what I listed for the year 2000?

  • Gave Birth to My Daughter

“Learned to focus amidst constant distractions, deal with regular crises, juggle several issues at once, and hone my leadership skills”

How witty! Apparently not.

I thought that being honest about my motherhood status would be an asset. (And I didn’t even state the fact that I was a single mom!) Looking back, I don’t think that employers took me seriously. After deleting any references to parenting, companies mysteriously started to call me back.

Recently, a single mom in her late 20s wrote to me to ask about job-searching. She’s graduating with a journalism degree and wanted some strategies to hit the job market. She has a one-year-old at home, and she wondered: Should she be open about the fact that she’s a single mom?

This got me thinking: Do you disclose your “singlemommyhood” when job searching?

Of course, I turned to the Sanity Fairy™ for some thoughts on this one. You can read Dr. Leah’s feedback here.


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