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Applying for job while on maternity leave

(6 Posts)
Betterthedrivelyouknow Sun 21-Oct-12 18:48:29

After a bit of advice.
I'm currently 8 months into my maternity leave, due to go back to work in Jan.
A role I've had my eye on for a couple of years has just been advertised and I'm in the middle of the application form.

There's no obvious place on the form to mention that I'm on ML- should I try to fit it in somewhere, or leave it and explain it a interview (if I get an interview!)?
If i got the job, are there any other implications I should be aware of, or would it just be a case of handing in my notice?

TheAngelsHaveTheOod Sun 21-Oct-12 18:52:49

I applied for loads last mat leave. Didnt mention it, only talked about notice I had to give.
Be aware that if you get occupational mat pay you may need to repay.

Rockchick1984 Sun 21-Oct-12 18:58:11

I'd mention it at interview. Would you be willing to return before Jan if you got the job? If so I would be tempted not to say anything, however if you wouldn't be looking to start the job until Jan I think you would have to tell them as its longer than an average notice period.

ziggers Sun 21-Oct-12 19:04:56

I applied for and got a new job whilst on maternity leave. It was a managerial position and more money, and with a company I had heard good things about. I didn't mention being on Mat leave till interview, and it didn't seem to bother them at all. I started back a bit earlier than I would have done at my old job, but only a few weeks. There was talk from my old company that I would have to pay back some maternity pay, but it transpired that the annual leave I had accrued covered it. Good luck with the jobsmile

Betterthedrivelyouknow Sun 21-Oct-12 19:23:18

Thanks for your input!
I'll leave if off the application and will probably mention it at interview if I get that far.

WidowWadman Sun 21-Oct-12 23:20:57

I've done that twice - in the first week of return from 1st maternity leave had interview, was offered the job. Mat Leave was never mentioned on CV, as that's continuous employment. I mentioned it in general chitchat around interview, but it wasn't a big topic, as they were more interested in what I could I bring to the job than in the fact that I've been off for a while. Got the job, together with a big fat payrise.

Second time I had interview on last day of mat leave, that was an internal interview with a different department. HR obviously knew that I was off, I mentioned it to the hiring/interviewing manager, but again, since having children had nowt to do with how good I was suited to the role, it wasn't a big thing. Got that job, too.

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