After rewriting her resume to showcase the skills she learned as a new parent, a working mother has gone viral.
Sydney Williams has two sons aged six months and two years. During the pandemic, she has been both GE's global director of brand marketing and taking care of her boys.
Williams overhauled her resume to utilize her parenting skills and showcase how they apply to work, citing 'everything you do, but I do it with one hand,' that she thinks 'ten steps ahead,' and 'maintains positivity, while my patience is pushed to the limit.'
Williams shared the resume on LinkedIn last week.
"I was curious what my résumé would look like if I rewrote it with ONLY the skills I’ve learned as a new mother," she said.
"Like many others, I am unbelievably shook by how the pandemic is devastating working women — particularly mothers.
"My Mom Resume isn’t unique. I have no doubt that the Moms within the 156,000 women who left the workforce in December hold many, many more of the evasive skills we look for in our teams, colleagues, and leaders.
"Something is fundamentally, catastrophically broken if we are letting this type of talent leave the workforce.
Perhaps if we shift the way we evaluate, prioritize, develop, and protect the skills we learn outside of the office, Moms would have a fighting chance," Williams stated.
She included an image of her new resume to the LinkedIn post.
"Most days, I don't have a clue what I'm doing, but I adapt. I maintain the highest level of energy and creativity I can muster, so that the people around me feel safe, valued, and inspired.
"I'm human, I lose my s*** and have bad days. But I start each morning with a new sense of optimism: today will be a good day, today'll we'll do more, today we'll have a breakthrough."
In her skills summary section, she listed ten items that pull her mothering experience into workplace assets.
"I do everything you do, but I do it with one hand. Literally. I hold onto what's most important (hint: my baby) with all the strength I have in one hand, while juggling the 1MM daily tasks of life in the other. I ruthlessly prioritize. Every day, I grow stronger and more efficient as a result."
She says she keeps ahead of problems: "Each day is a 50+ piece Jenga puzzle that I manage with skill, strategy, and luck."
Williams holds onto patience: "My team has meltdowns, emotions run high, new challenges arise daily. I lead with compassion, listen to debate, and encourage resolution through compromise."
Williams also highlights her ability to adapt to both life and her children. Her previous jobs include chef, teacher, nurse, garbage woman, builder, barber, driver, hostage negotiator, engineer, translator, seamstress, swim instructor, therapist, and stylist.
She writes, "I lead with empathy. My team comes first and foremost. I work for them. I fight ferociously on behalf of them."
"I do it all with very little "Thank You" and wake up each morning to do it again because of my capacity to find the joy and love in my work," Williams concluded.
Williams spoke with Good Morning America and said she shared her post to offer other women "confidence and conviction".
"It's a different take on what it means to be a mom, a different way to reimagine the skill sets that we have as mothers and hopefully inspire confidence," she said.
Her post, of course, has sparked conversation online.
"The majority of responses have been from women who have said, "I've chosen to take time off. I'm nervous to get back into the workforce and this has given me a new perspective and different way to think about the skills I have and how to present them,"' she said.
There have also been men who offered, "I have a newfound respect and appreciation for my wife and my daughter."'