Working mum creates 'parenting resume' to prove it's a full time job

Photo: Getty/iStock
Photo: Getty/iStock 

Being a parent is possibly the most demanding job of all - but the experience and skills gained while filling the difficult role are rarely recognised in the world of work.

WIth that in mind mum-of-two Sydney Williams decided to write a 'mum resume' and post it on LinkedIn, detailing all the things she's learned as a mother.

Williams, who is the global director of brand marketing for General Electric, said she was shocked at how the pandemic had particularly impacted working women, especially mothers.

"My Mum Resume isn't unique," she wrote in the LinkedIn post. "I have no doubt that the Mums 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."

"Perhaps if we shift the way we evaluate, prioritise, develop, and protect the skills we learn outside of the office, Mums would have a fighting chance," she suggested.

Williams' resume included a set of very familiar skill set, including "doing everything you do, but with one hand". 

"I hold onto what's important (hint: my baby) with all the strength I have in one hand, while juggling the one million daily tasks of life in the other," she wrote.

"I ruthlessly prioritise. I grow stronger and more efficient as a result."

Adding the emotional toll of motherhood to her resume, the global director wrote her "team has meltdowns" which she navigates around daily.


"I lead with compassion, listen to debate, and encourage resolution through compromise," she said.

Like many parents, she's very adaptable, listing: "teacher, chef, nurse, barber, garbage woman, builder, driver, hostage negotiator, seamstress, engineer, translator, swim instructor, therapist, stylist," as other skills she possesses. 

"My team comes first and foremost," she said passionately. "I work for them."

Sydney William's 'mum resume' went viral.

Sydney William's 'mum resume' went viral. Photo: LinkedIn

Other skills listed include 'values collaboration,' 'prioritising integrity and and honesty' and 'leading with empathy'. Williams says being a mum is a job she does with very little praise or thanks, but it's worth it.

"I wake up each morning to do it again because of my capacity to find the joy and love in my work," she sweetly finished the resume.

The post has since gone viral on the site, with fellow working mums thanking William's for sharing it.

"The majority of responses have been from women who have said, 'I've chosen to take time off. I'm nervous to get back into the workforce and this has given me a new perspective and different way to think about the skills I have and how to present them," she explained to Good Morning America.

"There have also been a lot of men who have reached out and said, 'I have a newfound respect and appreciation for my wife and my daughter.'"

"Becoming a new mum during this pandemic - and working from home full-time - has been tougher than I ever imagined," one woman commented on the post.

 "This post and the new skills hit home with me... so encouraging!"