Need strategies for job search as a single mother
December 8, 2013 8:26 PM Subscribe
I'm a single mom of an 8 month old and need to get back to work. I am an attorney, and most jobs I am qualified for require much more than 40 hours/week. I'm flummoxed on how to handle this during the job search process. How can I (delicately) make sure that a particular job will allow me to get home in time pick up my daughter from day care, etc.?
posted by argyle dreams to Work & Money (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Most (if not all) of the jobs I qualify for require near constant availability and quite a bit more than 40 hours/week. Before I stopped working I was part-time at a large law firm, and that was somewhat helpful in reducing the number of hours I had to work. However, I was still expected to be available all day, evenings and weekends. I know a few people who have tried to juggle children and working part time as an attorney in a law firm, and frankly I don't think it works very well even for two-parent households. (So, I can't assume that a part-time attorney position will work.)
Any advice on how to handle this during the job search process? At some point I will need to make it clear that I need to be home at a particular time with little flexibility, right? I feel like any mention of this will torpedo my chances. My current plan is to talk to a bunch of recruiters and make the situation plain to them but I'm not sure this is a good idea.
More possibly pertinent details:
I would love to work in government for the stability and 40-hour week but am concerned about the salary. The State of California job classification that matches my experience is not enough to support us.
I stopped working last August due to chronic pain/disability. I'm not able to work more than 40 hours due to the chronic pain, so taking a job that requires 40+ hours and arranging for increased child care isn't really the answer for me.
My husband and I separated when my daughter was about 6 weeks old. He lives nearby and when we finally get the paperwork sorted he will have joint custody. Currently he is working, in school and volunteering but still takes care of our daughter part of each week. He's also paying a small amount of child support.
I'm located in the San Francisco Bay Area and have about 8 years experience as a transactional real estate lawyer.