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How Do I Address My Extended Mat Leave on my Resume?

How Do I Address My Extended Mat Leave on my Resume?
Dear Martin,

I'm hoping for some advice on how to include maternity leave information on a cover letter. I went on maternity leave in March 2004, and a year later decided to stay-at-home with 2 kids.

My youngest will start school this fall, and I would really like to re-enter the workforce. It's been 3 years since I resigned from my last position, and that is too large of a gap to leave off one's resume.

Would you be able to give some advice on how to address maternity leave please? Should I be addressing it in my cover letter, or just the resume, or both? What information would be sufficient?



Dear Dani,

This is a great question, and I have the perfect answer!

This has worked well for many of my clients in the same position.

It’s a fact of life that women and some men take time off work for family reasons, in your case an extended maternity leave.

Be honest and up front in both the resume and cover letter. Show your last 4 years as Homemaker caring for and supporting X children.

This is the way I would show your hard work………

Brown Family, Toronto, Ontario 2004 - present
  • Charged with caring for two female children currently ages 3 and 4 allowing spouse to pursue continuing education and career goals as a Project Manager with CBC.
  • Provide support, empathy and guidance to children; coach and educate them to excel in their schooling and extracurricular pursuits.

This places a positive spin on your worry over gaps. You have worked hard as a Mother and Homemaker.

Also address the issue briefly in the cover letter. Inform the reader that you are returning from a maternity leave and are actively seeking a new challenge!

Hope this helps, many people before you have taken the same route. Best of luck.

- Martin

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