Need advice on finding a job while pregnant.
April 15, 2011 7:03 AM Subscribe
I'm seven months pregnant. I need to find a new job, stat. Advice?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a statistician/researcher in a scientific field, working as a contractor for the federal government. The last budget? Slashed my main project, and as of Monday I'm on leave without pay until my company can find me more work. I don't trust my company to actually do this, not in any reasonable length of time. I'd love it if they could, though, because I'm seven months pregnant, and am very much looking forward to my 6 weeks of paid maternity leave that I should be starting in exactly two months. I'm worried I'll be let go before then. I'm not sure how evil my company is. They could lay me off before then, or they may take pity on me and at least try to string me along on other projects until June.
Either way, the long term prospects of working in my research group aren't good. I need to find a job. In my line of work, it could take months to find a job. Ideally, I'd like to start looking and applying for jobs right now, and then tell any prospective employers that I'd be starting in mid-August or early September. I'm very obviously pregnant, there's really no hiding that fact at this point.
So, my questions are:
1. My partner's employer just started offering domestic partner (and dp's child) health insurance (yay!). If I get laid off, and have to go onto that, will they cover me immediately? I don't want to go on COBRA. I'm certainly not excited about changing health insurance at this point in the pregnancy, but it seems to be the obvious best option.
2. I should be looking hardcore for a job right now, right? I'm worried I'll screw over my chances with prospective employers if I go into a job interview at 8.5 months pregnant. Not only do I worry I'll look desperate, but I'd rather not deal with the unconscious biases, etc.
3. If everything goes right, then I'll keep my job until I go on maternity leave. Then I'd start a new job shortly after returning from maternity leave. Will there be any penalty for this?
4. Anything else I should be considering at this point? I want to cover all my bases. I'm trying my hardest to keep a level head, and not be stressed, mainly for the health of the little man living in my belly.
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