I need some advice on how to handle telling potential employers I’m pregnant. I’m an architect and I got furloughed in July due to covid19. I’ve had multiple interviews ( one last week ) and everything always seems fine, until I have to tell them about my condition. I am due in 3 weeks, which puts my potential work start date sometimes in March. This is my first child and I’m not sure how everything will go- all of my friends and family tell me that I will need those 12 weeks of maternity leave. I am very discouraged, because with my resume and portfolio it is very easy for me to get an interview, but it is very difficult to handle the potential employers saying they need someone immediately, which happened at my last week’s interview. I haven’t even heard back after my thank you note- I’ve felt I had to tell them right away, even though in the application I wrote that I can start in March but they somehow missed that. Earlier in pregnancy when I could start immediately and work 3 month before the leave, one excuse was that they need someone on the project continuously. With another potential employer, I’ve had 4 interviews in the course of 2 month, until the projects they were planning to get were put on hold, so the hiring was put on hold as well. I understand it is illegal to discriminate against expecting mothers, but it is also very hard to prove discrimination. And I honestly do believe that the firms I’ve interviewed with really needed people when they were saying. I understand how architecture industry works and how hiring works. I am a hard working person and I’m not used to just sitting around, but at this point I feel I just need to give up until the baby is born and wait until February until I start interviewing again. Even then, I feel I would have to explain the noticeable gap of non work and disclose that I was pregnant and on leave, which makes me wonder if that would be detrimental because architecture industry is notorious for long hours, and if the potential employer knows I have a small baby at home, I feel they would be more likely to offer a job to someone else. Any advice on how to navigate this situation would be greatly appreciated!
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I had a progressive career with 22+ yrs of experience in a Senior Management position at a Global company.
Just before the Covid Pandemic in Jan 2020, I was laid off and could not restart my career right away due to my personal situation during the pandemic. During that time I focused on community service as well as getting more professional certifications. Now when I apply for positions (150+ jobs applied), I hardly get any responses, if any right away rejection letters without even any interviews. I have reviewed my resume with many peers and professionals. Everyone seems to agree that I have quite an impressive resume with impactful experience. So I am beginning to wonder if my gender and age (based on # of years of experience) are causing the filtering of my resume without even getting consideration for interviews. It could even be the break in my career. Any thoughts or advice for me?
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What sexual harassment have you seen at your jobs before?
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So, fast forward a few weeks, I applied for two positions in March--three weeks before posting about having to "play" the game and how does one do that in this current arena?
I finally heard back that I was no longer being considered for one, but I was interviewed for the other last Friday---pulled out all the stops, had a wonderful interview, answered all of the questions in full with examples and left the interview feeling confident.
I received the rejection email today---I admit I am frazzled! Not sure my patience or my heart can take anymore...
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A reporter at NPR reached out to Fairygodboss because they're looking for women who have recently joined or rejoined the workforce about what drew them into the job market, what some of the challenges are, and any steps their employers might be taking (or that women wish employers would take) to build a more inclusive workplace.
Anyone have relevant experience + interest in speaking with NPR? Comment or message me and I'll connect you. Thank you!
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I work for a non-profit. I am concerned about workplace bullying. I would like feedback about potential toxicity in my workplace. We have two colleagues who are named Bert and Rich. I am on good terms with both of them. They seem to be on the lower end of the social structure at work. Last year someone began to jokingly refer to them as Bert and Ernie. I was taken aback as I was a new hire. Now people are using those names more often. They are now basically referred to as Bert and Ernie in every meeting that I attend that they are not present for. I find this behavior unprofessional. Do you think referring to two colleagues behind their backs as Bert and Ernie would constitute bullying? How concerned should I be about the culture of my workplace overall?
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Has anyone ever used My Jobs Corner?
Looking for a remote job and signed up with this website. I feel like I’m getting a lot of fake job request. I’m just wondering if anyone has used this and what your thoughts are on it. Or if anyone has any good sites I can explore.
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