Single Parent? Don’t Make These Job Search Mistakes!

Single parenthood is both rewarding and challenging. When added to the stress of finding a new job, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Your skills and professional accomplishments are the keys to finding your next great career opportunity.

Don’t make these job search mistakes.

Single parents should focus on their accomplishments when searching for a job. Don’t make these mistakes during your search, and you’ll be well on your way to your next career opportunity:

  1. Mentioning your children in the interview. Yes, your children are your world, and who wouldn’t want to share that? It’s understandable that you would want to talk about them; however, parental status is protected information by the U.S. government, and it is against the law for potential employers to ask you about them. Why is that information protected? Because some employers discriminated against professionals who had children, basing hiring decisions on that fact. The government took steps to prevent employers from asking you about this information, so it’s best to avoid the topic altogether. The unfortunate reality is that some employers will still try to get this information and use it against you in the hiring process. Your parental status has no bearing on your skills and qualifications, so leave it from the interview entirely.
  2. Complaining about — or even mentioning — your “ex.” Similarly, you should avoid mentioning any type of significant other in your interview. Marital status is also protected information, and you should focus the interview on your accomplishments and strengths. The presence of an “ex” could give employers cause to believe you have excess personal baggage that could interfere with your job (rightfully or not – this has no bearing on your qualifications!).
  3. Applying to jobs where you can’t meet the time requirements. As a single parent, you may sometimes feel like you’re pulled in a million directions. If you see a job opportunity where you know you won’t realistically be able to work the days and hours required, don’t apply. It’s unfair to the employer, and it’s a waste of everyone’s time.

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