I’m four months pregnant and still not showing. I have been laid-off a couple of weeks ago from my position as a sales and marketing representative with a local manufacturing firm. I need to work but I am feeling nervous about the process of job hunting now.
I have been given mixed advise as to disclose or not during the interview. Please let me know what is the best way to secure employment in my condition.
Signed: Pregnant and Looking (PL)
Although it is illegal for employers to ask candidates if they are pregnant at the interview, JVS Employment Counsellor and Social Media Specialist (and Editor of this blog), Karin Lewis, recommends that you consider being honest and disclosing, if you are planning to stay with the company in the long-term. Otherwise, she suggests trying to secure contract or temporary jobs while you are pregnant as an alternative, where disclosure might not be necessary.
I would also recommend that you make extra efforts to build your professional network on LinkedIn, and other social media tools, with employees in your field of sales in manufacturing. Approach people for information interviews while you are pregnant. Find other women in social media who are in your profession to exchange information as to the best way to handle your job search. In the process, you might meet someone with an urgent need to hire someone with your skills and experience. Successful sales people are hard to find these days, cites one of my employers.
Find companies which might be understanding toward pregnant women and who have accommodations for staff with children (for example, on-site day care facilities). Locate organizations that might be interested in pregnant sales/marketing professionals because they are marketing products and services in this industry. Target organizations that are hiring for inside sales positions, so it is irrelevant if you are pregnant or not. Consider firms (or job opportunities) that enable their employees to work remotely from home, such as inside sales positions.
Finally, I refer you to a Forbes article on hunting for jobs while pregnant. The author, Elizabeth Lowman, warns pregnant job seekers to manage their schedule, obligations and duties of being pregnant as well as a job hunter. “Remember, you’ll be out of the office not only for doctor’s appointments, but also for job interviews. Do you have the flexibility to be out that often, stay on top of your job, and keep your supervisor happy”? Lowman asks. She cautions the job seeker to think about how a new job will impact your soon-to-be changing lifestyle and be honest with yourself about what you’re looking for. Consider your eventual day care needs, a flexible schedule and a short commute to work, so you can make it home to your family in time, adds Lowman.
I hope this helps. All the best with the pregnancy and your job search!