Jacob Share has an interesting post called Pregnant Job Hunting: When You Should and When You Shouldn’t. I’ve never looked for a job while pregnant so I really don’t know where to weigh in (except for one thing, below).
I do remember hearing more than one manager say “I will never hire a woman again,” because maternity leave was a blow to the small company.
I’ve heard that a few times, but most memorable was from a woman business owner.
Go read Jacob’s article – it is thought-provoking. Here’s where I’ll weigh in… Jacob says if you are 8+ months pregnant:
Don’t even look, unless it’s for a job that will begin after the baby is born.
Instead, focus on growing your personal brand by building relationships and improving your skills so that you’ll be better placed to find work quickly once you’re ready to go back to work. And get some rest too! You’re about to have a baby and you’re going to need it.
I wouldn’t say “don’t look for a job,” but I doubt you’ll make a lot of progress in your job search when dealing with recruiters, HR, etc. He says to focus on your personal brand and your relationships and skills… let me take that further… here are some career management things you can do if you are about to have a baby:
- As Jacob says, work on your personal brand. How’s your value proposition? Do you have a solid 30 second pitch, or elevator statement? Do you have business cards, or a landing page (website)? Does your LinkedIn Profile suck like most Profiles? From figuring out your pitch to the messaging medium, there’s plenty to do here.
- As Jacob says, build relationships. Find people who are relevant to your career and try and develop a relationship with them. Go back to older relationships and reconnect with them (newsletter? LinkedIn Answers? Personal emails? Phone calls? Facebook messages?). Think about this in two parts: GROW your network, and NURTURE relationships. Work on both of those.
- Let me suggest you learn more about your industry(ies) and target companies. Read blogs, do searches on Google (or set up Google Alerts), comment on blogs, and just become an industry pundit… when you are ready to start interviewing and networking again you want to be current on industry events, company news, etc.
I’d love to hear ideas from women who have done career management in their third trimester (I’m not the most qualified person here :p)… what do you recommend?