Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Job I Had to Add to My Resume

Since September, I've been working at my kids' school, Heritage Christian Schools, as their Substitute Teacher Coordinator.  It has been a bit stressful at times in the early morning hours, and I had to report several times to the principals (yikes!), "Sorry, I don't have a sub for you today."  It always worked out, as it always does.  Now that they've hired two more subs, my life should be much easier!  It is the perfect job for someone like me who is up at the break of dawn, plus I recruited a long time friend of our family, and I think it'll be a great fit.  Plus, you know...it's my kids' school... I want to help out.

I've, also, been a mystery shopper since February.  I am an Independent Contractor, who is hired by companies to pose as a mystery shopper to improve their customer service and enhance their business.  My assignments have taken me on adventures from car dealerships to banks, gyms, restaurants, jewelry shops, phone shops, audits, photo shoots, furniture stores, apartments, and many more.  I even got to drive several brand new Porsche's...cool!  It is a fun job where I feel like I am contributing to improving customer service in some way.  I am told that my reports are read by management, as well as the employee I reviewed.  I would say that's a good thing, as I'm honest and thorough. 

I decided to take my experience and skills to the next level, and I have recently have been hired as a Scheduler at  A Closer Look, a mystery shopping company that I shop for.  I am in charge of assigning shoppers to fill the mystery shopping assignments all over the US and Canada.

It has been an interesting and new experience; however, I'm not sure that it is the best 'fit' for me, so I began the process of updating my resume.  I've had several part-time jobs over the years, but, my full-time job has always been a stay-at-home mom for 18 years.  The one job that I've given my everything to...150% of me.  Some call it Homemaker.  I like to call it Domestic Engineer.  I think that pretty much sums it up.

This "job" of mine for the past 18 years has been the most challenging, humbling, skill building, longest, hardest, interesting, fun, but most fulfilling job that I've ever had.

One that I wouldn't trade for anything.

How could I not add it to my resume? The one job that I give thanks to God for every single day?

So, why does it feel like it is frowned upon in the professional world?  Or it doesn't get the respect it deserves?  Or I need to leave it out of my resume?  Why does the energy feel 'odd' when I tell people that I am a stay-at-home mom? 

I decided that my most up-to-date resume needed to be the truth.  I felt that I needed to add it.  Had to.
It now reads:

WORK HISTORY
10/1996 to Current
Domestic Engineer
  • Maintain an orderly house, duties include vacuuming, mopping, dusting, laundry, dishes, picking up clothes and trash and removing stains from the carpet and furniture.
  • Develop recipes, plan menus, shop for food inventory and prepare meals to provide a well-balanced, healthy diet for adults and kids.
  •  Plan, organize and coordinate birthday celebrations, sleepovers and holidays events.
  •  Assist and manage kid's homework, school projects, and recreational activities.
  •  Teach, guide and model a life based on values and morals.
  •  Create and balance a budget, pay bills and identify cost-saving opportunities.
  •  Serve as a chauffeur transporting kids to and from doctor appointments, school, shopping and   play dates.
I took out "scrubbing toilets" just because ;)  The list does go on and on,  but I ran out of room.  I don't know where this resume will take me.  Maybe nowhere.  But then again, maybe somewhere.  I am good with being a Scheduler for now.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching.   I'd like to try Editing again.  Get more skilled at photography.  It is a good thing to have dreams; things to look forward to.

What I do know for sure, is that my resume is now complete, but not finished.  And then again, I got my Domestic Engineering job to 'fall back on' where there is never a dull moment, a moment to be missed or one to be incredibly thankful for.  One that I wouldn't necessarily call a "job," but rather a privilege and an honor.