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applying for jobs when pregnant

Postby Carlotta » Thu, 08 Mar 2007 12:04 pm

Hi

I'm in need for some good advice.

I recently moved to Singapore with my hubby and would like to find a job here (I'm quite qualified, university degree). The thing is, I just found out that I'm pregnant. Now, I don't know what to do! I would feel really bad accepting a job without informing the employer. But I doubt that anyone would employe me knowing it..
And what if the pregnancy goes wrong (15% of all pregnancies end up in miscarriage within the first three months)? Then I don't have a job and don't have a baby?

The jobs I already got interviewed for so far are positions where they definitely want you to grow. I wouldn't feel bad about taking the job if I knew for sure that I wanted to continue working full-time after a short birth break. But honestly, I don't know. It's my first baby and I have no idea whether I feel like working in the first year.

Or should I just enjoy the months until I'm due doing some courses, maybe volunteering and other stuff?

Any opinions?

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Postby chixchix » Thu, 08 Mar 2007 4:05 pm

How many months pregnant are you ? point is that as long your tummy doesnt show just go for the interview without telling your employer that you are pregnant.I believe that if you do try to be honest ,then you will definitely not going to be employed.
Also, do keep a positive mind, pregnancies usually go wrong when a lady doesnt take enough good care of herself.
I think when your tummy finally shows then you can tell your employee.

But best thing is just to keep quiet hehehe
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Postby jumping_gene » Thu, 08 Mar 2007 5:44 pm

no offense, but i think i have to disagree with chixchix here. if you get hired, imagine what your employer's reaction would be if they find out you intentionally withheld that information? i don't think that's a good start and you definitely won't make a good impression.

i think you should take time out to really think what you want to do first -- continue working despite motherhood, or opt to put career on hold and stay with your child during the first year(s). if by "positions where they definitely want you to grow", you mean that it's going to be quite demanding, you have to do some serious thinking. talk it out with your hubby-- how you want your child to grow, what kind of set-up you both find acceptable.

i'd say go with job hunting, but do tell them you're pregnant. if you get hired, than you know they really want you. if you don't get hired, well perhaps the job simply doesn't fit your current situation. perhaps in a year, when the child is born, you can better assess what you can/want to do: job, parenthood, or both at the same time.

good luck with the decision making! :)

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Postby chixchix » Thu, 08 Mar 2007 6:41 pm

You see it really depends. Usually the first 3 mths of probation ,, you must never let your boss know that you are pregnant.
After that by all means tell..becos they will have to pay you thru maternity leave. But at the start of an interview if you going tell your boss "I am pregnant " ,,do you think he will employ you just because you are honest ?? I wouldnt if I am a boss.

Well ,,, its either you stay as a housewife till you give brith ..or look for some home based job while you are pregnant. Or go for interviews and tell them you are pregnant and see if you get employed.
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