Pregnant and Fired: How to Deal When You Need to Find a New Job

One of the biggest concerns that new parents have is how they are going to afford everything that their child needs now and as they grow. For some moms though, this stress is magnified when they are fired from or otherwise lose their jobs while they’re pregnant. If you’re pregnant and suddenly find yourself on the hunt for a job, check out the tips below to help you find something that will work for you!

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Talk to the people you know

One of the best ways to get a job quickly is to talk to the people you know and let them know you’re looking for a job. Reach out to friends, relatives, and former work connections to let them know that you’re (excitedly) looking for somewhere new to work. Don’t feel pressure to tell them why you are looking for a new job and try to keep a positive attitude as you let them know you are ready for a change of pace.

Depending on the circumstances of your job loss, you may be able to request references or connections through your former work contacts. Take advantage of any leads or positive help that you can get. 

Make looking for a job your full-time job

While it might be tempting to get in bed and stay there until the stress passes, chances are the stress won’t pass until you’ve found a new job. Make looking for a job your full-time job, whether that means searching for open positions online, picking up applications in person, or updating your resume.

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Don’t feel pressure to discuss your pregnancy

As you look for a job and talk to your contacts, you might feel pressure to discuss your pregnancy and your impending due date. Remember, you don’t have to talk to anyone about your pregnancy that you don’t want to and you absolutely should not talk to interviewers or someone who might hire you about it. It’s not legal for employers to ask about your pregnancy or to discriminate against you for being pregnant but it still happens sometimes.

If you’re asked about your pregnancy during your interview you can redirect the conversation by saying, “I’d prefer to discuss my qualifications and work ethics, what else can I tell you about myself?”

Talk to someone who has been there

It can feel overwhelming and desperate to be job hunting while you're also facing life with a newborn. Look for support from someone who has made it through and can offer you encouragement. 

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Pregnant and Fired: How to Deal When You Need to Find a New Job

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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