It’s not uncommon at all for a woman to take a break from her career when she welcomes a baby. And yet, employers use that choice against job candidates with kids. In a popular LinkedIn post, one mom described the rejection she faced from a prospective employer due to a gap in work.
Kirti Sheth is a senior financial analyst ready to get back to working after two years. After an employer pointed out the gap on her job profile, she told them how she was nursing her newborn and needed time to settle into her role as a mother. Kirti also said that her child is now in daycare so she can return to her career.
The employer then reportedly asked her how she’d be able to take care of her daughter while working at the same time. Well, there’s a question no one asks dads! Kirti reiterated that he daughter is in daycare and added that she’s planning to hire a helper once she lands a job.
It’s not clear whether this was a single conversation with a particular company or a composite of multiple frustrating interviews, but Kirti says the employer then rejected Kirti by stating that they were “looking for consistency” for the position she was interviewing for.
Kirti went further in-depth about just how unfair this was:
“I am an experienced candidate. I have done tons of online courses to keep my knowledge pool in sync with my job profile. I knew getting back to work after two years of gap will be challenging so prepared myself for that but I hadn’t prepared myself for this kind of blatant discrimination.”
“Discrimination” is the perfect word for what Kirti experienced. Sadly, you could have all the qualifications that a hiring manager wants and still lose out on an opportunity because of unfair assumptions about working moms.
Kirti ended her LinkedIn post with perseverance:
“I know I will wade through this and settle down in a company that looks beyond these petty issues.”
In the comment section of the post, LinkedIn user Lakshmi Parameshwaran summed up the ridiculousness of similarly inclined employers:
“They fail to look beyond the gap and consider our experience. They expect us to work with fresher’s pay or position. Just because we chose to care for our baby doesn’t mean we don’t know how to work.”
Another mother and LinkedIn user, Nancy Dave, shared an experience she had that was similar to Kirti’s:
“I got a job but had to compromise big time on pay and position. And the worst part was that I was always under scanner after I joined back and had to double prove myself as compared to my colleagues. Every day was a new test. I did maximum travels in my team and got the most sticky assignments and all this via a lady senior.”
Nancy also had these very kind words of encouragement for Kirti:
“But the best part, this too is a phase and like every other phase this too gets over. All of this has taught me to be more resilient, more disciplined, take care of my health more seriously, update myself more and acquire more and more knowledge. And I am happy with the new version of me. You too, Kirti will ride over this wave, today or tomorrow.”
To this, Kirti replied:
“I know that I would too face this issue when you are going back to work after a gap you have so much to prove. The positive thing about all these struggles is you get to learn a lot and eventually become a better version of yourself.”
That’s the type of attitude that’ll get her far when she does get back to work.