Having a baby upends your life. Suddenly, you have a new boss that’s more demanding, fussy, and particular than all your previous bosses combined.
Unfortunately, your other boss may not be so accepting of your second job as “parent.”
After having her first child, Jeatt B. ran into that exact problem.
“New parents are often expected to work like they don’t have children,” she said.
That’s when she turned to FlexJobs to find a job that didn’t just say they believed in work-life balance. Jeatt found companies and positions that let her balance her life.
An Inflexible Job Makes Things Intolerable
Jeatt discovered that her boss was not very supportive of her choice to become a mother. “My boss accused me of stealing company time because I would take two pump breaks for 30 minutes each day,” she explains.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Jeatt was also told that she would never get ahead in her career, no matter how hard she worked, unless she were willing to “start coming in early and leaving later.”
For Jeatt, though, this was impossible given her new demands and the fact that she already would skip out on taking a lunch.
In Search of a Supportive Company
When Jeatt joined FlexJobs five years ago for a previous job search, she was looking for a flexible job so she could be available for her child. What she found was “companies that value their employees’ well-being and understand the importance of work-life balance.”
In addition to finding flexible jobs, though, Jeatt also found remote jobs and ended up landing a new fully remote position.
“I was able to eliminate commute time, feed my baby on demand, and have in-home care for my kids so I could work a full day.”
Balance Is Possible
Working remotely and flexibly as a senior analyst, Jeatt has not had to sacrifice personally or professionally to achieve work-life balance. She works full-time and had a second child.
“The life you want is attainable,” she says. “There is balance, and there are companies that honor that balance.”
Jeatt says that to find the right match, “Tailoring your resume and researching the company is key.” Job seekers that want work-life balance need to, “Be picky, and make sure the company knows your value and that they align with your values.”
If you want to find your balance today, just like Jeatt and many of our other success stories, consider using FlexJobs to find a flexible job that puts you in control of your life.
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