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    Default Do you put homeschooling on a resume?

    I have been a SAHM for around 9 years now. Part of that time spent homeschooling. Do I add that or portions of that to a resume? Or would that look bad?
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    I think you should.
    Maybe not put it like "I homeschool my kids"
    but more like "Elementary Level Educator in the subjects of...."
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    I put it on mine. This is what I wrote:

    Home Educator 2006 to Present
    I have successfully home-schooled my own children from Grades K to 6, plus other students for Grades 5, 6, and 9. I am required to:

    • Adapt curricula to meet the specific needs and interests of my students.
    • Develop individual study plans for students working at different levels.
    • Research and select appropriate resources.
    • Teach a variety of subjects while providing motivation and inspiration.
    • Prepare reports for our facilitator to review progress.
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    Great, thanks!
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    I haven't been applying for jobs, but I certainly intend to put that I moderated a local homeschool group, ran a Shakespeare camp for homeschoolers, write a regular blog about homeschooling, etc. etc... I mean, I ain't got anything else, so it's better than, "I sat around eating bonbons for the last few years."
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    I really like Avalon's answer. Also, I make sure to include the work I did organizing events, like Pagan Pride Day, and as chairperson of committees in my UU back home. All of that goes after employment history, of course, but it shows how motivated you are, that you work well independently, and/or as a leader or part of a group.
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    I think it depends on what kind of jobs would be applying to. If I ever (and hopefully I won't) start looking for a job in my field, no way I am putting that on my resume, bc it won't look professional at all. But in different fields, like teaching, I think it would look great
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    It definitely depends on what field you're in, but for a lot of general jobs, it helps to put something down so you don't have a 10-year blank in the middle of your resume. A lot of what we do as homeschoolers involves organizational skills, communication skills, research, reporting, working independently, and self-discipline.

    I also have a section for Volunteer Activities where I put down specific roles I've held or major events/activities I've been involved with, a lot of which are related to homeschooling.

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    I put homemaking on my resume when applying for my current job, because I had a big gap in employment and no recent or relevant paid experience. I didn't specifically say homeschooling, but did say something about providing preschool and elementary education. I put homemaking instead of homeschooling partially because the non-school-related stuff (budgeting, transportation, nutrition, etc.) is worthwhile as well, and partially because the term homeschooling has a lot of negative connotations and stereotypes associated with it.

    I took homemaking off with my most recent resume revision, as I now have recent and relevant employment experience to take its place.
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