Tips for Getting a Job when You're Pregnant

Getting a job when pregnant can be an ordeal but it is important to understand that your best options relate to finding a job with an employer who understands the issues. Some employers have a negative response to pregnancy, however disguised. They see someone taking maternity leave within 9 months, and can't extrapolate the issues of hiring to any higher level, even if they're hiring an expert. The negative impact of a pregnancy is a real problem and it is a form of discrimination to refuse to hire someone simply because they're pregnant. 

Approaching Employers

The process of an application is difficult without having to guess if you're wasting your time. There are a few ways of cutting down on time wastage and getting reliable information, these contacts will help narrow down the range of employers, and improve the chances considerably.

  • Networking: Your friends and colleagues will usually know the more information about the company, in their own workplaces, and in some cases which employers to avoid.
  • Human Resources contacts: A phone call can save a lot of time. An evasive or non-committal answer also says a lot.
  • Industry groups and contacts: Professional contacts can give you pointers on employers with good maternity schemes and first-hand knowledge. 

Alternative Forms of Employment

An office is not the only place you can get a job and you don't necessarily have to put up with ignorant employers. The situation for pregnant women has improved considerably with the advent of the New Economy and modern employment contracts, which can be much better tailored to meet the needs of employers and employees.

Depending on your type of employment, you may be able to simply go around the issue entirely, by structuring an employment contract. If you're an outsource contractor, pregnancy isn't even an issue for the employer. All adjustments at the employer's end are minor, and don't involve any costs. At most, it may mean reshuffling a deadline or so either side of the birth. No major deals for either party. This is also a much less stressful work environment, with no commuting and "eating for two" on the run. If you've already got kids, the outsource contract could be exactly what you need, anyway.

Finding Outsource Work

Keep hunting until you find something which pays and delivers useful resume material. You don't have to lower your standards. You'll also be pleased to hear that outsourcing employers appreciate their good workers, and try to retain them. Telecommuting and other forms of outsourcing jobs can be found and applied for online. The best way to cover all options is:

  • Check skills based jobs, not "the old job title".
  • Check pay scales and terms of employment.
  • Check the type and volumes of work involved; jobs are jobs-and outsourcing has a selection of very good and very bad jobs.