So you took some time off from work after your baby came. Maybe you thought at first you’d stick with six weeks maternity leave, but by the end of that you wanted to stretch it a little more, and soon you discovered you could totally manage on one income for a while, especially when you considered that putting your baby in daycare would cost more than your mortgage. So you tightened up your budget, strapped on your baby carrier, and settled in for a few months or years of playdates, pacifiers, and long, lovely afternoon naps.

But at some point, things became less idyllic. Maybe it was the toddler tantrums that did you in, or maybe it was age three. Maybe it wasn’t until your child started school that you remembered there was such a person as you, someone who used to do something besides wipe various bodily fluids off furniture all day. In any case, you’re ready to hit the grind again, and you can’t wait. It’s time for you to go back to work. And you don’t even care what you do, because right now, anything that involves sitting down on a regular basis or using the bathroom by yourself sounds like a five-star vacation.

But if you’ve spent a significant amount of time out of the workforce, then going back is hard. Worst of all is the dreaded gap on your resume — the span of months or years during which your only boss was under three feet tall — and no matter how demanding or unreasonable that boss was, no one cares about his reference. But you know that your work for him was far from meaningless. You know the skills you’ve acquired during these years “at home” are valuable and significant. You know that the job you’ve been doing as a SAHM is the hardest job you’ve ever done, one that no training could have prepared you for, and dangit, you want credit. Is there any way to translate your hard-won homemaking skills onto your resume?

There may be. Depending on your skills and accomplishments, you just might be able to claim that coveted title, “Domestic Engineer.” Take the quiz to find out if your homemaking skills qualify for the big leagues.


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Emily ChamisonAugust 26, 2013 10:31 am

I’m undomesticated apparently.

Lisa BakerAugust 26, 2013 10:31 am

^yep me too!

ginna bakerAugust 26, 2013 10:33 am

^. Me too. Ah well.

Lisa BakerAugust 26, 2013 10:35 am

I’d like to know what Jessica Turner scores since one of the answers was inspired by her. Ditto for Brandi Lung Gill, who I’m positive is a domestic goddess.

Jessica TurnerAugust 26, 2013 10:40 am

Homemaking Handiwoman
You’re great at budgeting and you know your way around the kitchen, but you don’t quite qualify for engineer status. Take that title off your resume and opt for a skills-based resume instead — you’ve got plenty to offer in any kind of workplace.

Lisa BakerAugust 26, 2013 10:41 am

^But I know you have the four scrapbooks color-coded by season, Jessica Turner! 😉

Jessica TurnerAugust 26, 2013 10:48 am

I also did two loads of laundry this morning. 🙂 But the clothes are still in baskets. 🙂

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