Now that your divorce is finalized, you’re preparing to return to work after years as a homemaker. Depending on what industry you want to work in, you’ll have to brush up on your skills—and your resume.

Decide what jobs interest you

If you want to work in a particular industry, then state this objective on your new resume, beneath your contact information. This lets potential employers know why you are interested in working for them and what you hope to get out of the experience. The closer your objective is to the company’s needs, the better your chances are of getting a job you will really enjoy.

Create different resumes

If you intend to apply for jobs in different fields, then you’ll find it more effective to have job-specific resumes instead of a generic one. A resume that highlights skills relevant to the position is more apt to get a favorable response than one that presents you as a jack-of-all-trades.

Use strategy with your resume content

Hiring managers are busy people, so when you’re updating your resume, make sure that the most relevant content is at the top of the page. After your contact information and objective, list your most recent job accomplishments first, ideally in a bulleted list. Information is easier to skim in this format and the reader will see the most important details first.

List any volunteer roles or part-time work

If you operated a work from home business, headed the parent-teacher association at your child’s school, or organized the neighborhood beautification committee, then list them on your resume just as you would a former position of employment, especially if it has been years since you were in the paid workforce. Self-employment and volunteer roles are excellent ways to cultivate skills that an employer would find valuable.

Focus on your experience

In addition to hard skills such as experience with Microsoft Office and the latest version of Windows, employers appreciate soft skills, which include:

  • Good communication ability
  • Strong problem-skills
  • Solid decision-making ability
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Project management

Chances are that in your years of dealing with your kids, their teachers, their playmates’ parents, and other parties have given you a chance to develop these soft skills in abundance. Such practical experience will give you an advantage over novice applicants who may have solid technical skills but few personal ones.

Returning to the workforce after years of running your household can be intimidating, but don’t let that stop you. When you have a resume that emphasizes the stellar skills you developed as a stay-at-home parent, you stand an excellent chance of getting the job you want.

If you have any questions about the divorce process in New York State, then contact Jayson Lutzky. Mr. Lutzky is a Bronx attorney handling divorce and family court cases. He has more than 34 years of experience and has helped thousands of satisfied clients. Set up a free in-office consultation by calling 718-514-6619 or visiting