Job searching on maternity leave: when to disclose?
January 16, 2014 7:51 PM Subscribe
I had a baby ten days ago. Whee! It's awesome. I have fourteen weeks off from work and planned to use this time not only to bond with baby but also apply for new jobs since my current job, though wonderful in the benefits department, is diverging in its business from what I was originally hired to do. At the very least I'd figured that it wouldn't hurt to look and now there's one company calling me back already. For this case and hopefully others to come, when in the recruitment process, and to whom, do I tell that I just had a baby and am on leave?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
While in many ways I would like to treat this info as I might a pregnancy (don't tell until I have the job) there are a few timing things I am concerned about:
- I'd like to not schedule the inevitable four hour interviews in the next few weeks as I'm breastfeeding. Or do I just suck this up and deal with the havoc and bottles at home?
- I want to make it clear that over time I am willing to travel, but not in the next few months just yet while baby is tiny
- Any potential start date would need to be after I've maxed out my current leave, so that means not immediately - though I'm well aware that at this level, the process can take many months, plus I believe (but have to confirm) my current company will make me pay back my very generous leave benefits if I don't return to work first, albeit briefly
I definitely don't plan to discuss this with the recruiter during our first phone screen. What about the next step, phone call w the hiring manager? Or in the interview panel to follow? Or after, at the offer stage? This is for a director level management job. I want to be forthright about my capabilities considering they will start out limited but increase over time and want to work somewhere that gets that and is savvy / sympathetic to that, but don't want to screw myself either by jumping the gun, either. Thanks for your advice.