According to Lisa Garcia, an expert in employment law and human resources, pregnancy need not be a strike against you when applying for a new job. In fact, if played right, it could be an advantage. In her Washington Post advise column last week, Garcia advises a 7.5 month pregnant woman not to reveal her pregnancy before her interview. Why call out the pregnancy if it’s not relevant to your professional qualifications?
It is illegal for any company to refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant. Lisa Garcia explains, “employers might worry about your level of commitment & maternity-leave negotiations, don’t make a fuss about your pregnancy. Instead of worry, wear a stunning maternity suit & express your top skills.”
“When you’re confident in the interview you’re conveying that your pregnancy has now bearing on your qualifications for the job. It needs to be remembered, pregnancy is only a temporary condition during a highly successful & productive career. Not only can pregnancy be directed in a straight forward fashion. Believe it, express it & the HR manager will believe it too.”
There is no argument from me about being confident in a job interview. But being confident in an interview while being 7.5 months in an economy with 10% unemployment can be a little tough but if you believe it, you can do it.
Even if you worry about not landing a job because of pregnancy, think about it from an employers view. There will be high confidence in a mother who is ambitious enough to interview at 7.5 month pregnant. Not only that, in a tough economy, a mother will be less likely to “opt out” when their are fewer jobs to land. When the opportunities have dwindled; people (men or women) are happy landing a well paying job & hardly walk away.
Not only does an employer see the confidence & the economy, they know that children are expensive & generally requires a dual income household. Where for years employers saw regular sick days & quick departures, employers now see increased motivation & eagerness.
Now clearly this isn’t true across the board for everyone, there are many examples of pregnant women & mothers being treated very poorly in the workplace. But now I am interested to hear other positive stories about how pregnancies created a positive effect in the workplace.
I’d be interested to hear other experiences. Has pregnancy helped or hurt your professional status?
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