Tips for the Pregnant Job Seeker

Being pregnant doesn’t necessarily preclude the need for you to find a job. But it can be tricky to navigate job hunting when you’re pregnant. Here are some tips to help you get the job and keep it, even after your pregnancy.

First of all, you are under no obligation to disclose your pregnancy to your future employer. Your personal situation as far as children and a spouse are not supposed to enter into an interview conversation unless you want it to. If the interviewer asks you directly if you have any children, you can honestly answer. If you wish to disclose at that time that you are expecting, then you can. But be ready to explain why you are still the best candidate for the job.

If the interviewer notices that you are pregnant, it’s best to come out in the open with it. If you do otherwise, it will be obvious that you’re trying to hide something. And the interviewer may assume that if you’re hiding your pregnancy, you might be hiding something else as well.

Make sure that you will be able to do the job you’re applying for both during your pregnancy and after you have your baby. You should never endanger yourself or the health of your baby by taking on a treacherous job just because you’re desperate. Jobs that involve climbing, heavy lifting, or high stress are best left to others.

If you are actively purposely seeking a job that will help to cover the expense of having your baby, you should be open about that at the interview. That’s the only way to find out if the company’s insurance plan will cover your necessary expenses. Note that it’s unlawful for an interviewer to turn down your application just because you ask about their insurance policy.

If you start your job search while you’re pregnant and have no luck in the beginning, don’t despair. If your situation gets dire, consider taking on an interim job that doesn’t pay as well, just to help ends meet until you can land that dream job you know you deserve.

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