Having Kids Can Hurt Your Job Search

You have all the right credentials and an impressive background to boot, but if you’re a female applicant with kids, watch out. A recent story that ran on World News Tonight revealed that moms, are having a tougher time finding employment. I’ve said it before: “don’t give any indication that you have kids, because you never know if the employer will discriminate against you.” Of course, I’ve heard protests from clients, “but Susan,” they say, “if an employer doesn’t want to hire someone with kids, then I don’t want to work for them anyway.” Good point, however in some states, it is legal to ask “do you have kids?” or “are you married?” I know, I was surprised too. I thought it was a federal law, but apparently it varies by state.

The truth is, some employers say it’s just too expensive for the company to extend health insurance benefits to large families, so they look for childless candidates. But what was most surprising about the story, was that the discrimination doesn’t seem to apply to male applicants.

Here’s where you can view the story yourself. http://tinyurl.com/3uranj

Thank you Gigi Stone, of ABC for the insightful story.

–Susan Geary, CERW/1st Rate Resumes

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