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#1 JomoMum

Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:49 PM

I’ve been applying for permanent part time jobs for the last few months .. not many around as you would imagine.

We started trying for our second baby around the same time, but I felt ok about applying because, well who knows how long that could have taken.

I am now 6 weeks pregnant (which I know is no guarantee of a bub so early on at this end) but I don’t feel right about applying for permanent roles anymore. I can’t honestly say, if I got a job now, that I didn’t know if/when I accepted the job.

I have applied for temp roles with the 4 major recruitment agencies in our region so have tried to cover myself there too for temp roles.

What do you think? Am I doing the right thing by not committing myself to a job I know I can’t stay in for more than 6 months, or am I missing out on a potentially great opportunity?

#2 Future-self

Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:56 PM

You may be missing out on potentially a great opportunity.

Apply. Be upfront if you’re called in for an interview. Companies that don’t want a pregnant woman won’t hire you. Don’t make the decision for them.

#3 JBH

Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:02 PM

I think you should continue to apply. I understand your feelings about being upfront, but you can always disclose before they make an offer. Your chance of getting an offer depends on a range of things including your skills and how long you intend to take as leave. I have hired people who are pregnant.

#4 JomoMum

Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:29 PM

Thank you both for your thoughts :)

#5 Kallie88

Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:42 PM

I got offered a part time job when I was freshly pregnant with my first, I told them I'd love to accept but it didn't feel right not to let them know I was pregnant. They said that was fine and it was a great 6 months, maybe not a big long term opportunity since I had 2 more kids mostly after so haven't returned to work, but if it hadn't worked out that way I'm pretty sure they would've had me back

#6 Sincerely

Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:46 PM

If you apply for government service positions, gender equal opportunity policies officially mean that the interviewers should not take your pregnancy into account and you are not obligated to disclose this information.

#7 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 16 May 2019 - 11:01 PM

Don’t tell large organisations that have policies and HR depts, like govt.
for smaller ones, I wouldn’t disclose until they offer. You are early enough, they are not SUPPOSED to take it into account but like PP, rather not work there if that’s their attitude, unless you need the job enough to put up with it.

#8 Cimbom

Posted 17 May 2019 - 12:15 AM

I personally wouldn't tell an employer until I was three months along at least but that's just me. I've been burnt by "disclosing" (not pregnancy) early on before

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