Post # 1
So, DS is a month old. I am on paid maternity leave until the end of March. Due to my commute my plans to return to work are just not feasible though I have not told my employer this, was waiting until after my maternity leave and bonus pay out.
I had hopes of finding something part time closer to home or if the money was right I would do full time closer to home, but a lot would have to do with the salary being that Daycare is so expensive.
I started looking casually last week and since the market is not good I didn’t really expect to hear anything or even get any hits so I decieded to apply for a job that was down the road from my home. I don’t know what the salary is, but I end up getting a call last night. I haven’t yet talked to the person but left a message for her this morning. However, it then dawned on me, what am I going to say to her? Umm yeah I had a baby a month ago and I can’t start working until April? Do I bring it up now or do I wait? I don’t know if they are just phone screening me or if they are actually calling to bring me in.
What would others do?
Post # 3
Hmm. If it were me, I’d just be up front about it. I would say go ahead and schedule time to talk with this person and see how it goes, but find a way to bring it up at some point during that conversation (preferably near the end of the conversation, after they’ve already seen how awesome you are and they really want you for the job). But definitely I would bring it up in the first real-time conversation. If you don’t, then you risk turning them off of you forever.
Who knows – you could get lucky and they might say “Great, we don’t have room in our budget to bring you in right away, anyway.” Or they might say, “Aw, that’s too bad. But we’ll keep you in mind if something opens up later.”
Post # 4
@ams12: You should tell her now
Post # 5
This is most likely not going to be a big deal (My dad’s boss got hired at 7 1/2 months, started at 8 1/2 months, and went on 12 weeks of leave starting her second week on the job; my BF’s sister started a new job while on maternity leave and they waited for her). Because this is a phone interview, the less information is better.
When they ask you why you are leaving/why you are looking, I would mention the commute. If they ask about the start date, I would mention that you couldn’t start until April. If it doesn’t come up in the phone screening (it never would have in the phone screenings I have participated in), wait until the in person interview. At that point you can ask them what is their time frame for hiring, when they are looking for someone to start, and if there is any flexibility.
I would not bring up that you just had a baby– it isn’t their business. I would say that you are committed to your current position through April and were wondering if it would be possible to delay your start date. If they say no, ask if it would it be possible to start part time until April. If they want you bad enough, they will make it work (My co-worker interviewed in March, started in October because of projects he was committed to).
Post # 6
@Pollywog: My husband’s been doing interviews lately. He said by law they can’t ask you whether or not you’re married or have children among other things. The interviewee can volunteer that information on their own accord if they choose to. Honestly, I wouldn’t say anything about husband or baby until you have a better idea of the interview and how it’s going.
Post # 7
I’m a career counsellor and I always say that you shouldn’t hand out resumes unless you’re ready to accept a position. I think what you need to ask yourself is, “if they offer me this job, will I say yes?” April isn’t that far away so you can always try and feel out when they want to fill the position but chances are it’s right away. That way you’ll have a better idea of what to say when they ask your availability. If they love you, they may be willing to wait, if they don’t choose you as a candidate, it’s a non-issue. Also, consider meeting them halfway, say end of february, they may be willing to wait if you’re the right person.
I agree that you don’t need to volunteer that you have just had a baby though, that’s your business not theirs.
Post # 8
@Pollywog: I agree – during an in person interview, when they ask about availability just say you’re available April 2. That’s really not that far away – especially if there’s several rounds of interviews. For my current job, I had my first interview in early November and had the job offer in early December and didn’t start until after the new year.
If you have a similar experience, they might not be ready to bring someone on until March/April anyway.