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#1 of 2 Old 04-14-2004, 05:49 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi All,

I unfortunately don't get over to post very often but have come up with a conundrum and would love to hear your thoughts/experiences.

I'm in the process of finishing my dissertation and have started looking around for a post-doc or research position. We've decided to stay here in MI (in a place which I really don't like....I hope I like it better after I finish my PhD) for at least a couple of years.

I recently discovered that I'm pg with DC2. I haven't told my boss/advisor that I'm pg and have only told a couple of close friends here in MI. How do you think that I should handle this in job interviews? I'm due in December. I'm hoping to start a position in September and then take at least a couple of months off when DC2 arrives.

I'd appreciate any advice or thoughts you may have. TIA!

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That's tricky! You don't want to shoot yourself in the foot when applying, but you also want to get a position where they're open to you taking a mat leave and caring for your new baby, and won't give you a hard time

I think I'd put it out there from the start, because of the latter consideration. There's no point getting a position that's a bad fit, and this will weed out the dogs.

I know family status isn't supposed to be relevant in job apps, but I think I'd bring it up not only in terms of your needs around the mat leave, but also to show what a gosh-darn good multi-tasker you are and how motivated you are to continue with your career. That's what I did in applying for post law school positions when I had a baby in second year law, and it seemed to work well...

Good luck
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