Which resume format is best for a stay at home mom returning back to work?
Which resume to use for a stay at home mom that has been out of work for over 13 years, but is now ready to return back to the work scene?
Terry, you don't tell me anything about your work history, other than the 13 year employment gap, nor do you say whether you are trying to return to a previous career or going in a different direction. So, it's hard for me to answer you with any precision...
Still, I can answer in generalities. A skills resume
(or functional resume format) often works great for people who have been out of work over a number of years or who are changing careers, because it emphasizes your skills and talents over your work experience.
If you're returning to a previous career, you might want to consider a hybrid, or combination format
though, as that will still highlight your past achievements, while also showing your current skill set.
An important thing to think about after such a long absence from the working world is what current skills you will bring. Think "transferable" skills. Those are skills you have gained (or honed) during the past 13 years as a mom, and there are certainly many, including things like communication skills, ability to organize, negotiation skills, etc.
Good luck to you in your job quest!