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Changing jobs this late in pregnancy?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

So I work full time +  (i.e. have a full time salaried position and I do consulting work on the side).  I am not happy in my full time job for a variety of reasons (lack of flexibility, micromanaging boss, less than ideal benefits package/salary) and was hoping to return part -time anyways (they don't know it yet). If i returned part time, I would then increase my consulting work, which thankfully will be available because as it is right now i am turning away work weekly and there is no indication that this will change in then next six months. 

 

Because I am not happy in this job, i have been looking sporadically for alternatives. I had one interview early on in my pregnancy, but after learning more about the job (a lot of travel) and having a discussion with the hiring team who I knew already on a professional level I decided against it. 

 

So, today i came across a posting that looked great. Its part time, literally around the corner from my house and work that i would be really interested in.  I somewhat impulsively sent in my CV, not thinking i would get a response because i have applied to the organization in the past and not been chosen for interviews. Of course, this time, three hours later I get an email asking me to come in.

 

It will be clear that I am pregnant when I go in. I hope they will not be too disappointed.  I am really interested in hearing more about the job anyways.  

 

Has anyone ever been in a similar situation? Did you get the job? How did you work around your pregnancy?

post #2 of 14

I haven't been in this situation, but I did want to caution that if you're in the US, FMLA will not apply to you if you leave your current job.  Sucks. :(

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

I work for a small agency in US as it is, so I don't qualify for FMLA anyways.  They are "allowing" me to take 12 weeks.  If I do take a new job,  i'd imagine i would have to work something out. 

post #4 of 14

I think you should go in for the interview, but you might want to warn them ahead of time so they don't feel blindsided when you show up.

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by somegirl99 View Post

I think you should go in for the interview, but you might want to warn them ahead of time so they don't feel blindsided when you show up.
I completely agree with Somegirl. And as it can take months to fill an open position, it would be silly not to give it 100%
post #6 of 14
I say do it! You might be perfect for them, they might be perfect for you. Be honest about why you applied and what you're looking for in terms of starting work. You have nothing to lose, the worst you'll hear is "no thanks."
post #7 of 14

Given that, yes, absolutely!  Though I would definitely address the pregnancy in the interview - let them know of your plans for after the baby is born (returning to work/etc).  Obviously you won't be able to hide it, so embrace it...

post #8 of 14

Fingers crossed for you!  Oh, I mean Go For It!  and Good Luck!!

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the positive support! I will have so much to consider if it goes well and the position is as interesting as it seems on paper.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Well I had my interview this morning, and the job is just as interesting as it is on paper!  And, the person interviewing me was wonderful.  We talked a lot about the job and my experience.  He of course did not raise the fact of me being pregnant, but i did.  There are time constraints for them to hire and have someone in the position by 8/1 or  9/1 at the latest, which definitely will not work for either one of us.    He was gracious and we went on talking for a short time after discussing the poor timing.  I will send a thank you note but don't expect to be chosen for the position.   Really bummed.

post #11 of 14

That's too bad.  But I think it's a great idea to send a thank you note.  You never know!  I took a job when newly pregnant with DS and when the boss found out I was pregnant I was let go (actually his wife told me that she would never want a pregnant lady working around all of the chemicals in the shop, and please for the safety of me and the baby, please, please leave!).  So, regretfully (because I really enjoyed the postition and it paid really well) I left.  But about 8mos after DS was born the boss contacted me and asked if I was ready to work again and if I would like my old position back, with a built in raise if it all went well the first month!  So, I hope it all works out for you!  

post #12 of 14
I think it's great that you went for it regardless of the outcome smile.gif
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Banana731 View Post

I think it's great that you went for it regardless of the outcome smile.gif

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post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mama505 View Post

That's too bad.  But I think it's a great idea to send a thank you note.  You never know!  I took a job when newly pregnant with DS and when the boss found out I was pregnant I was let go (actually his wife told me that she would never want a pregnant lady working around all of the chemicals in the shop, and please for the safety of me and the baby, please, please leave!).  So, regretfully (because I really enjoyed the postition and it paid really well) I left.  But about 8mos after DS was born the boss contacted me and asked if I was ready to work again and if I would like my old position back, with a built in raise if it all went well the first month!  So, I hope it all works out for you!  

Thanks for sharing your story Mama!  I guess you really never know what might happen.

 

Banana and Harmie- thanks for your support!

 

I sent a thank you and got a nice reply, it really was a nice interview (at least I thought so).  We'll see.  It did help me decide definitively that I won't return to my day job full time, and will cut down to part time and build up my consulting work so I can have more flexibility and try to balance out my work-life priorities.  My DH agrees with the plan, so I feel some relief. 

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