New job - giving notice and baby timing. Advice?
May 9, 2014 6:57 PM Subscribe
Very suddenly, I got an offer for a new job. I want to take it. My current company is extremely busy and I don't think two weeks notice is enough, but the new company wants me to start right away. Also, I was planning on getting pregnant soon, but didn't know I would be taking on a new job. Help?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So I wasn't even job hunting, but a friend told me about an opportunity at this company I really respect. One thing lead to another, and now I've received a job offer from the company. Yay! They want me to start right away. The thing is, I already have a job, and it's the busiest time of year for my current company. I don't love my current job, but I don't hate it, and I'd like the transition to go smoothly. I work at a small company where I am the only person who does my job, so they'd have to find to someone to replace me quickly or they would be in a tough spot. Historically, they do NOT hire quickly so that worries me.
Ideally and realistically, to get all loose ends tied up and to give my current company time to find a replacement, I would give them a month's notice. However, new company would rather I start in two weeks as they really need someone to start soon. If I give two weeks at my current job, they will be understandably pissed off. So what should I do? Work my butt off through lunches and late nights for two weeks at my current job, then start the new job? Or try to negotiate a longer notice?
Also, on top of all this, my husband and are planning to start trying for a baby. I'm in my 30s so I don't want to keep waiting. The new company is small, so I wouldn't be covered by FMLA or anything like that for maternity leave anyway, so waiting "the year" would be sort of moot. If I'm going to a new job, should I just pull the goalie and see what happens? Or should I hold out for a few months and not risk getting pregnant?