Previously I wrote about making sure you don’t settle for less while job hunting. Today I’d like to cover a very delicate topic: How to get a good job while expecting.
Life is unpredictable and babies come at the darndest time. Such is the case with my own situation. I was in the process of interviews and looking for the perfect work environment when all of the sudden I felt nauseous one day. Long behold I took a test and it mights as well read NOW YOU REALLY NEED A GOOD JOB YOU'RE GOING TO BE A MOMMY ++!
So what do you do, right? Do you tell your potential employers your pregnant to avoid a future awkward conversation and any animosity that might occur from the situation? Do you keep it secret, after all it’s only your first trimester and the risk of miscarriages are high. You're thoughts are racing a million miles per hour but I’ve found that the best solution is always the truth.
During this time when you’ll acquire many new responsibilities and a new life perspective -a stressful work environment is the last thing you should be worrying about. Although there is no wrong or right answer to what someone in my position should do, here’s how I went about it:
I hired a recruiter, and told him the truth. I stressed that especially under my condition I wanted to make sure I was placed in a company that was supportive of working mothers and flex time. I wanted a company who valued their employees and didn’t just hire worker bees. In addition because recruiters want to keep a positive relationship with the firms and companies they work for, in a way they are obligated to tell the HR person the truth, thus eliminating that worry from your job hunting process.
I know legally a company cannot discriminate a women for expecting, however in certain work environments being an expectant mother can be a liability to the company, thus why staffing agents shy away from offering you a position even though you are 100% capable of doing the job. So if a company knowing the situation still decides to interview you, chances are they are place worth your time.
Now. What if you aren’t going the recruiter route?
I still advise you get a good sense of the company's policies and work environment. Are people genuinely happy to be there? What is their office culture like? Did they allow you to walk around the office and ask questions? Do they offer flex time? Obviously if you’ve found a dream job with an amazing office culture, I’d say go for it. Prove yourself in the first 3 months and by the time your bump comes out to play they will be happy for you and understanding.
Now more than ever you have to make smart choices for you and your future bundle of joy! Good Luck expecting moms, and may you land that dream job.