Recently, I interviewed a degree qualified mother for a consultant role. I asked her what her last job was. She replied with confidence, “Full-time mom for the last two years.” I asked her what skills she can bring to the new role from her past work experience. She replied even more confidently, “Excellent organisational skills, time management skills, supervisory skills, negotiation skills and the ability to multi task.” I asked her sarcastically what her pay package was like. She replied with a smile, “loads of soiled nappies”.
She is honest, confident, skilled, and presentable and has a good sense of humour. The only thing she is lacking is corporate work experience in the last two years. I think I will end up hiring her. Full-time moms work at least a 20 hour per day, 7 days per week shift and if they were to get paid even just $20/hour for the important work they do, their annual salary package should be $146,000 plus 9.25% superannuation. Every mom deserves a fair go when they return to workforce after maternity leave; they must not be discriminated against for the work experience gap in their resume.
By Ryan Shrestha