A recent post by the Global Director of Brand Marketing at GE, Sydney Williams has gone viral for all the right reasons. Williams put together a resume using only the skills she has learned as a new mother.

Here’s what she wrote:

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About Me

I’m Mom to two boys under three years old. 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 people around me feel safe, valued, and inspired. I’m human, I lose my shit and have bad days. But I start each morning with a new sense of optimism: today will be a good day, today we’ll do more, today we’ll have a breakthrough.

Skills Summary

I do everything you do, but I do it with one hand. Literally. I hold onto what’s important (hint: my baby) with all the strength I have in one hand, while juggling the 1M daily tasks of life in the other. I ruthlessly prioritise. Every day, I grow stronger and more efficient as a result.

I think 10 steps ahead. Each day is a 50+ piece Jenga puzzle that I manage with skill, strategy and luck.

I maintain positivity, while my patience is pushed to the limit. My team has meltdowns, emotions run high, new challenges arise daily. I lead with compassion, listen to debate and encourage resolution through compromise.

I adapt. I take whatever life (or my two-year-old) throws at me and adapt to be the leader that’s needed – typically on little sleep, with little time. Past roles include but are not limited to: teacher, chef, nurse, barber, garbage woman, butler, driver, hostage negotiator, seamstress, engineer, translator, swim instructor, therapist, stylist.

I lead with empathy. My team comes first and foremost. I work for them.

I fight ferociously on behalf of them.

I communicate powerfully and prolifically. I focus on clear, results-orientated communications to drive change.

I prioritise integrity and honesty. Anything less is unacceptable.

I am on a constant search for a better way. You can find me iterating on everything from process improvements to communication tools. Creativity is fundamental to my job.

I value collaboration. Teamwork is key to my success. I forge and foster relationships between diverse groups of people in order to support, elevate and maintain life among my team (looking at you #MomsGroupChat).

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.

Parenting job description


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