LinkedIn adds 'stay-at-home parent' to online resumes -- why experts say that matters

The networking site is adding titles so people can denote caregiving responsibilities. Experts say employers should consider these skills when recruiting.

LinkedIn adds 'stay-at-home parent' to online resumes -- why experts say that matters
Linkedin - the networking site is adding titles so people can denote caregiving responsibilities. Experts say employers should consider these skills when recruiting.
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The networking site is adding titles so people can denote caregiving responsibilities. Experts say employers should consider these skills when recruiting.

The professional networking site LinkedIn announced it would allow users to identify themselves as stay-at-home parents, a recognition of caregivers and those who are not a part of the traditional workforce. Experts say this has the potential to destigmatize the work of caregivers both in and out of the home and level the playing field for employment. 

“I think it’s really a welcome inclusion to be able to record any form of caregiving in places that are usually reserved for what’s often been referred to as productive labor versus reproductive labor,” said Corey Shdaimah, a professor of social justice at the University of Maryland, who noted that the burden of caregiving disproportionately falls on women and women of color. 

LinkedIn will allow users to write “stay-at-home mom,” “stay-at-home dad” or “stay-at-home parent,” and will also begin to include options for “parental leave,” “sabbatical” and “family leave.” Many women and mothers, in particular, voiced concern about the platform’s limited options to reflect work and skill sets, especially during the pandemic, Bef Ayenew, LinkedIn’s engineering director, told CBS News. This move came after writer Heather Bolen criticized the platform’s lack of recognition for caregivers; she worked as a stay-at-home mom and did not have a way to accurately represent it on her digital resume.