My husband got an overseas posting for two years and it was difficult to work, so instead I've been traveling and entertaining guests, but now that we are moving back I want to work again. What do I put on my resume? How do I explain the last two years in a resume? Any suggestions?
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In my opinion, it won't be a matter of putting something on your resume, it will be a matter of talking to somebody in an interview. Unfortunately, that doesn't guarantee you an interview, since your resume is the first impression. But if you can get to the interview stage, then you tell somebody exactly what you just wrote here. But, I would follow that up with whatever short and long term plans you have in terms of a career or education, to let them know that you're not going to all of a sudden decide to not work again - that you'll be with the company for the long haul/as long as possible if they hire you.
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You could say that you have been actively investigating locations for a possible travel guide and coordinating large social events under tight budgetary constraints and exacting deadlines. Just kidding.
If you really want to account for that time, just put an entry in your job history portion stating that you lived overseas while your husband was assigned to _______ [fill in the blank].
If you are trying for any type of "people position", as a prospective employer I would consider the living and travelling overseas a big plus.
Why don't you try doing a functional resume instead of a chronological one?
If you don't like it, you can always use the chrono format and take the others' suggestions.
I have always heard a functional resume is best if you have employment gaps (such as moms returning to the workforce, traveling, etc...).
I've been using a functional resume for the past 2 years, ever since I decided on a career change. It works very well. It also helps hilight skills as opposed to a chron of your work history. If you have Microsoft Word, there are functional resume formats that you can download from the templates.
Also, see if there are any skills that you have learned in your travel and entertaining over the past couple of years that would benefit your career. You can add that into the functional resume as skill sets.
See if you can't get some assistance at your ACS with the resume writing.
I went to ours here in Hawaii and they had a great program on their computers.
I have been out of work for 3 years and didn't know either how to make my resume work, they helped me a lot.
Meanwhile I am taking a 6 months online certificate course to add a little something to that resume.
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