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Starting a new job pregnant
I recently landed my dream job as a PhD-level researcher in a tech company. I am scheduled to start the new job this summer. However, I found out after I accepted the job that I am pregnant, due in early December. I am worried that when I tell my new boss he'll find a way to withdraw my job offer before I begin. On the other hand, I don't want to surprise my new colleagues by showing up pregnant on my first day. I am the first woman ever hired onto this team and I don't know what to do. Any advice?
I was hired as an HR Administrator and two months later our Operations Administrator left the company. Since then I've been doing HR and office management. My review is coming up and I'd like to ask that my title be updated to reflect my job duties which are HR and executive assistant and office manager. What are some title suggestions? I work at a tech company. Thank you!
How do I find a high tech position with reasonable work hours?
Hello, high tech women! I am a software engineer. I am looking for a high tech company that has reasonable hours, and doesn't overwork their employees! (Is this possible in high tech? :) ) How would you suggest that I go about finding one? I saw that the Fairygodboss list only tells you about company policies (such as flexible schedules, working from home, etc). While that's important, I have learned the hard way that it doesn't necessarily mean that they won't still have, for instance, a constant 50-60 hour work week expectation! (This happened at my last job). How would you suggest that I go about finding such a company? Also, which companies have you heard are the best (or worst) for this? Thanks!
Re-Entering the job force after being a caregiver
I was laid off from my job in 2011 after taking a family leave when my mom had brain surgery several years ago. Her recovery was slow and left her with multiple disabilities. The job market was awful at the time, so instead of going back to work I chose to stay home and help her as a caregiver since she desperately needed one. Mom is now getting to the point she will need full-time care in under a year. As a way of preparing, I went back to school and will graduate this December with a degree Information Security/Risk Management. I know I am facing several hurdles - re-entering the workforce after an extended absence, changing careers (I held an office coordinator title when I was terminated) and ageism (over 50). I'm working to steps to setting myself up to be in the best position possible when it comes time to getting a job, but my resume' and LinkedIn account have me stumped. I have many transferable skills from past jobs but I'm not certain how to present them (and myself). I'm also not sure how to address the extended time off or the awkward way I was termed from my last job. What are some ways I can show a potential employer I am up-to-date skill-wise and ready to work? I'm networking when I can, but need ways to get my foot in the door and get an interview, as well as suggestions on how to answer when the question of the work gap comes up. I worked IT in the mid-nineties, but ended up working office support with a lot of IT requirements (system admin on office help pay), and hate to end up in that type of position again! Thank you for your help.
What's the best way to explain a stress-related gap in employment during an interview?
3 months ago, I decided to leave my high stress sales job before having another one lined up. I left because the stress was leading me into a deep depression, which made it difficult for me to do my job or get through the day without feeling sad or overwhelmed about the smallest inconveniences at work or home. I took this time off to focus on school, re-evaluate my career goals and improve my emotional state. Now that I have had a chance to decompress, I have started applying for new jobs, but haven't made any traction. The only thing more worrisome than the fact I haven't received any call backs is my anxiety over having to respond to the reason for leaving my former job. How should I explain my reason for leaving a company before having a new job without sounding negative or raising red flags about my "emotional weakness?"
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