My husband and I had been trying to conceive for several months, and in a burst of the kind of irony that seems to fill my life, succeeded exactly on the night before I lost my job.
I live in an area with a low unemployment rate and so I am not too worried in a broad, general sense about being able to find a new job. But the timing couldn’t be worse. By the time hiring and interviewing pick up again in January, I will be starting to show, so any potential employer will be well aware of the pregnancy.
We really need to continue to be a two-income family, especially with the costs of a new family member thrown in. How can I convince interviewers that I’m worth the risk even though I’ll need 12 weeks off in the first year they have me on board? And how can I try to deal with pregnancy discrimination as I encounter it in the hiring process? — Kate