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Hello ladies! I was referred by a CD for a great role and I’m actually really interested in switching agencies. The thing is I’m due in 2 weeks! Should I let the recruiter know, and disclose that I’m about to leave for 15 weeks or would you just take the call and let them know afterwards? I’m torn because I’m so close to my due date. It’s not like I can start then leave.

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That might be the perfect timing. A jan/feb start is easier and next year’s book. And I imagine you would not want to leave your current spot before paid Mat leave is up? Most new companies won’t match that until you work there a year.

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THIS.

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If it’s a few months I’d say nothing but 2 weeks I think you’d need to

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That’s not the case everywhere, some have a July-June fiscal. Any role we have open we’re looking to fill NOW. Yes, I would say something. What if you go into labor early and can’t complete the interview process? Just be honest from the start. They may not be able to wait 3 months to make a hire, but they’ll respect your honesty enough to keep you in mind for the future.

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That’s a good point regarding the length of the interview process. It’s definitely going to be more than 2 weeks. Because it’s all on zoom these data I figured I could do it but I’m a 2nd time mom so I should remember how demanding the first months are!

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Disclose once offer is in hand and they want to talk start date. Not a moment before.

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Disagree. It’s one thing if you’d be able to start right away but need maternity leave in a few months, it’s another thing if you’re due in two weeks and won’t be able to start for 3+ months. Typically the question of “how soon can you start” is asked in the interview process, you can’t give them another answer and then say “oh by the way...” after you get an offer unless you want to start off on the wrong foot. Again, JUST BE HONEST. You don’t know their situation. Maybe they can wait a bit for you to start. Maybe they can’t, but they’ll respect you and keep in contact.

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I don’t disagree with you on that, but I think you’re not taking into full account the timing here. If she’s due in two weeks, at soonest it’ll be early Feb. before she can start unless she cuts her maternity leave short. It’s a tough situation to be in, especially if it’s a job you really want. Best wishes, OP.

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