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How to look for a job with a new baby


24 March 2022 at 4:10 pm
Maggie Coggan
We share some tips on how to make it easier  Finding a new job is stressful, but throwing the arrival of a small child into the mix is an added challenge to your hunt.  Luckily,


Maggie Coggan | 24 March 2022 at 4:10 pm


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How to look for a job with a new baby
24 March 2022 at 4:10 pm

We share some tips on how to make it easier 

Finding a new job is stressful, but throwing the arrival of a small child into the mix is an added challenge to your hunt. 

Luckily, there are ways to make this potentially stressful time a little easier. 

To help you on your way to new-job-success, we’ve rounded up a few things to keep in mind when combining a new child with a new job. 

Know your limits 

Starting a brand new job when you’re sleep deprived and navigating a whole new world of parenting will mean you might not be as sharp as you were pre-baby. With this in mind, it’s important to know your limits and not push yourself too hard when hunting for a new job. 

Think about what your needs are, what your schedule is, and how work might fit in around that. Because in the end, you won’t be any good at your new job if you have too much on your plate. 

Be honest 

It’s important to be honest about your circumstances and let your employer know that your newest family member will be taking up a little bit of your time. Looking for a workplace that offers flexible working arrangements, and understands the needs of new parents will make your life a lot easier. 

For those who have taken some time off, quickly but briefly explain why you have gaps in your resume but be sure to highlight that you’re qualified for the position and you’re very excited to return to work and advance your career development.

Know when to walk away 

Just because you have a new baby on board, it doesn’t mean you should be treated unfairly. 

Remember, it’s your skills, experience and expertise that should be getting you the job, not whether or not you have a kid. Sniffing out what the culture of the workplace is like early on is important and can give you a clue as to whether or not they are going to be flexible with your schedule. And if the prospective employer does have a problem with that, then it might be a good idea to walk away. 

Unfortunately, discrimination does exist, and it’s good to be aware of the issue. Discrimination laws exist to protect against gender, race, disability, age and other types of discrimination for a reason. Look up your rights and how to get help here. 


Maggie Coggan  |  Journalist  |  @MaggieCoggan

Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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