Finding a new job while pregnant can prove a difficult task. Although employers are not legally allowed to discriminate against individuals due to the fact that they are pregnant, your with-child status could play a part in their decision-making process. Many companies are less than eager to hire women who are pregnant for a number of reasons, including the need to allow for maternity leave or the potentially false belief that the woman might leave after she has the child. To make your chances of landing that job while pregnant as strong as possible, consider some simple things you can do.
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Start your job search early in the pregnancy. If you have any control over the situation, try to seek out this job very early in your pregnancy before the fact that you are pregnant is visually apparent. This may mean making a job move a little sooner than you had planned.
Do not disclose your pregnancy. Interviewers cannot legally ask you if you are pregnant. Do not mention the fact that you are expecting a child and, as long as they cannot see that you are pregnant, they will not know. Failing to disclose is not only your right as an interviewee, it is also the smart thing to do.
Discuss your pregnancy, if it is visually apparent. If there is no hiding your pregnancy, not mentioning it may not be the best course of action. If there is anything you can say that may make your pregnancy less problematic for your employer, do so. For example, if this is your second or third child, mentioning that may show the employer that you are not a first-time mom who is going to leave the workforce the minute you give birth, as your track record proves otherwise.
Focus on your qualifications. Do not allow your pregnancy to take centre stage during the interview process, but instead allow your qualifications to shine. Move through your interview with confidence, making yourself appear an exceptional and highly qualified candidate without whom the employer cannot do business.
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