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While obviously pregnant. Due in September. And I'm a teacher. How's that for a whammy?<br><br>
I think it'll be all but impossible, but I really need to go back to work. Any advice on interviewing while so pregnant? I know they aren't legally allowed to ask me about the pregnancy or not hire me because of it, but I also know realistically hiring a new teacher who would need 6 weeks off (which makes me want to cry, only taking 6 weeks) after 1-2 months of teaching is far from ideal.
 

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I got a job when I was 4 months pregnant. I wasn't showing, but my boss knew I was pregnant. I didn't bring it up in the interview, and neither did he. I did get the job, and after I got it I talked about my maternity leave pretty much expecting to be able to take 6 weeks, but my boss has 4 kids and was like you'll need at least 2 months but you can take 3! So, that was pretty awesome. I was completely not expecting it, but it all worked out better than I could have hoped for.<br><br>
Good luck to you! I hope everything works out for you.
 

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You need to concentrate on your strengths and why they can't live without you - instead of your "weakness". My company hired a woman while pregnant twice. Once, one week before her due date and the other time she was about 8 months. They decided she had the best qualifications and was worth the wait. (She wasn't.) You need to them to understand they can't live without you.
 

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When I was pregnant with my first, I did get hired. But I went on dozens of interviews and was finally hired by a lawyer. But I wasn't showing and I did tell them up front. It's a quick way to end an interview for sure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Everyone says not to tell in the interview, but it just seemed wrong to me so I did make they knew I was pregnant and I'd be needing time off. It is possible, but don't get discouraged if it takes longer to find a job. And I completely agree with Katwoman, make sure they know how great you'll be and how worthwhile it'll be for them to hire you, pregnant or not.
 

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I've had two phone interviews (for the same position) so far and am 25 weeks pregnant. I decided to tell the hiring manager on the last call that I was pregnant so that he wasn't surprised if they called me in for an in-person interview, as I'm very visibly pregnant. Of course, he said it's no big deal and something that will not affect hiring and they were more than willing to work around my situation. Although I was not obligated to tell them, I feel good that the elephant in the room is addressed and that if they do hire me I'll know that they truly are family friendly. I've been feeling conflicted about going back to work anyway, so this was my test to see if it's really meant to happen, I guess. We'll see if I make the next round of interviews...<br><br>
Good luck with your search!
 

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I'm a teacher and went on interviews while pregnant (and showing!). I actaully had several job offers. So don't sell yourself short! I think it does help if you are looking to go back part time rather than full time, as they have a harder time filling jobs that are 0.5 or 0.7 FTE. Do keep in mind, however, that most districts require you to work for one year to "buy in" to the maternity leave, so you might be looking at unpaid leave (and you can take up to 12 weeks, just wait until after your hired to drop that bomb).<br><br>
Have you considered subbing for the first quarter/semester? Then taking a mid-year job? I know it isn't ideal, but it is an option that might work well in your situation. And I know the districts around here always need more qualified substitutes.
 

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I would consider subbing, but then I'm working to pay for child care. Right now I'm working part time for a mother's day out program where my kiddos attend for free, so I'd actually be losing money to do that.<br><br>
Thanks for the stories! My new hurdle is that they keep attaching coaching positions to the social studies jobs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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I'm due at the end of this month, and have been looking around at other options for a while (I work FT and study PT). I haven't sent out my resume in a while, though, thinking that no one would even consider hiring me pregnant!<br><br>
So funny enough, I was actually called about 2 weeks ago to see if I wanted to apply for a job opening up this summer - - long story short, I had two interviews in the space of a week, and a job offer. We're now negotiating, so it's still not a "done deal" but I think it's a riot that they're interested in hiring a pregnant woman in her 9th month! You just never know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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