I am a recent college graduate. I feel like I should be looking for a position in line with my degree, but I am also four months pregnant. Should I wait until after the birth of my child or start looking now?
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My first instinct is to tell you to wait until you've given birth, but my advice wouldn't be the same for everyone wondering whether or not it's appropriate to job search while pregnant. If you were already in the work force with experience to sell than I'd say go ahead and look for jobs. Because you're just coming out of school and would most likely be applying for entry-level jobs, I don't know how much luck you would have as those positions are easier to fill. Of course, legally you are not required to tell employers you are pregnant and they in turn are not allowed to inquire, but consider everything that could possibly work against you.
It can take a while to find the right job fit for you, meaning you could be six-months pregnant by the time you get an interview. Again, you don't have to mention your pregnancy, but do you want to start working somewhere and have to leave in just three months? Different states have different laws, but if you're in a state that gives paid leave you may not qualify if you've only been working there for a very short time.
I would recommend spending your waiting-for-baby free time by examining the job market and the positions that look attractive to you. Prepare several versions of your résumé, each specifically tailored to the jobs you have in mind. Also, practice your hand at writing cover letters so that you don't have to start from scratch once you've begun to really search for a job. Consider what type of work arrangement you'll want once your newborn has arrived — will you want to work from home a couple days a week, spend full time in the office, or work part time? You'll have far less time to consume yourself with these details once you have your baby, and using your time wisely now will set you up for a less stressful job hunt later.
It doesn't sound like you are rushing to get a job for financial reasons, just that you feel like you "should be looking," but if money is an issue then you should surely try and seek out something so you're not scraping by. Also, I consulted with babysugar and she had some great advice: "You could try to get a job at a place like Pottery Barn Kids or Babystyle so you could become familiar with baby gear, earn money, and a good discount. It would show future employers that being pregnant didn't slow you down."