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February 4th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Bosley's Avatar Hillary
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I was wondering if anyone has ever applied for/interviewed for a job while pregnant, and if so, how did you handle it? My company shut down our office early in my pregnancy. Thankfully they gave us compensation and severance that should carry me through the baby's birth (plus I qualify for unemployment benefits), but it would be nice to find some consulting work or a project meanwhile. And I will need to line something up for after the baby is born (well, after I recover and we settle in) as I am a single mom.

I found a posting for a great consulting project and they are totally open to the person working from home. Plus, I have a lot of experience and skills related to the project. BUT, I'm over-qualified. I think the work would be interesting though and I don't mind being over-qualified because of course I have my other reasons for being interested - i.e. being pregnant! Anyone have suggestions of how to handle the application? If you interviewed for a job while pregnant when and how did you tell them you were pregnant? Did anyone out there actually land a new job despite being pregnant?
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February 4th, 2010, 04:21 PM
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I interviewed for my job when I was about 6 weeks pregnant and started working when I was 14 weeks. They offered me the job when I was about 11 or 12 weeks. I didn't tell them I was preggo until they offered me the job. At that point it was early on and I wasn't even telling people around me yet.
I had worked for the company previously and had a good relationship with my boss so I think that worked in my favor. It's weird planning my leave when I've only been working there for 3 months but I am definitely planning on going back and I'm very happy i went through the interview process.

At this point in the pregnancy, I would interview, but be open and honest. Just make sure to tell them that you are planning on working after the baby. It sounds like a good opportunity. I'd love to work from home. Good luck!
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February 4th, 2010, 05:09 PM
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I did with this pregnancy, because I couldn't handle working my other job. Both jobs are minimum-wage crappy jobs (store and fast food), but out of all the places I applied, I got ignored SO MUCH. I mean, usually I turn in an application at a place like these, and they call me the next day and want me to work. But I turned in about four applications before Chick-Fil-A finally hired me. The manager here is particularly nice to pregnant women, though, as his wife has been, and so I quote, "pregnant once a year for three years." So, while it IS tough to find a job while pregnant, you CAN, as long as you're not too picky and you talk to the right sorts of people.

Anyway, I didn't really reply to your post right. LOL! Sorry...just got off to rambling. Since your position is a work-from-home sort of one, I think that being pregnant gives you the perfect reason to be interested, and I doubt that they'll look at that as a bad thing. Just be yourself and be honest about your desires, and if they're going to hire you, it should be regardless of your pregnancy.
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February 4th, 2010, 07:51 PM
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Oh yeah! I got crapped on at 8 wks and lost my job... So I've been applying anywhere and everywhere that will pay me that well ever since! I actually had an interview last Friday! I'll hear back about it next week sometime and you all will definitely be among the first to know how it went Sadly it was only the 3rd call back I've gotten in 6 months, the other 2 were both retail again which I do NOT want to do anymore.

At my interview last week I actually dressed down my pregnancy and didn't say anything. If I get hired I will give full disclosure as I'm doing my paperwork with HR, but I don't personally feel like you have to say anything and they legally can't ask. In your case since you're looking for consulting work for AFTER the baby is here I'd be out looking now for sure. It certainly can't hurt anything and you can be up front about what you're looking for. I need something now, my unemployment runs out like next week and we'll be up a creek... Good luck!
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February 5th, 2010, 08:03 AM
QueenCrafty's Avatar Courtney
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I had an interview at 8 weeks pregnant and was supposed to have a different interview at like 14 weeks but they cancelled and never returned my follow up call. Of course I'm way over qualified for the types that seem to be available in my area right now, so no one hired me. My pregnancy was something that I would not have mentioned until at least a job offer if not once I signed the hiring documents. Honesty is great during the interview process, but there can still be an unintended bias even though they can't legally not hire you because of being pregnant. I'll be applying for jobs again towards the end of the year.
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