Have you noticed a sudden prevalence of Parenthood being listed as a job title in your contacts’ LinkedIn profiles?

Over the past week, there’s been a major push to support – and encourage – the inclusion of parenting as an actual job on the resume.

Likely due to the 2 million+ women who have stepped out of the workforce during COVID, media outlets like NBC are helping to popularize the concept of adding parenting to the resume.

Full disclaimer – I’ve been an advocate of this strategy for almost 15 years. But bear in mind: There’s a right way – and a wrong way – to incorporate a caregiving role into the resume.

Here’s what not to do:

Instead of adding a parenting role as a placeholder in the resume, make great use of the real estate by bringing out the most transferable and professional elements of the work.

When adding a parenting role into the resume, try to frame the experience as professionally as possible. Here are three tips:

1 – Include a job title. I like Chief Home Officer, Homeschool Instructor, Private Caregiver, and Academic Tutor.

2 – Build out action-driven result bullets that showcase what was accomplished. Don’t just list the tasks that were performed, but talk about the outcomes that were achieved as a result.

3 – Tie the content back to the actual field whenever possible. For instance, if the target role for the resume is a science-related job, emphasize any projects or activities related to science classes.

And lastly, I only include parenting on the resume when there’s an employment gap to account for.