I am a fresh graduate from a reputable university here in our province. I had applied for vacant positions in companies in our province in connection with my course (Chemical Engineering). The problem is that most companies prefer single women. I am 23 years old, married, and with one child. I think these companies are biased. They do not give equal opportunities to married women.
Recruitment people around me say that they prefer single women because single women are more efficient and do not have maternity benefits. I hope these companies will give opportunities to women like me. I like very much to practice what I have learned as well as get additional learning experience and knowledge. Please help me find a job. Thank you.
Unfortunately for us in our country, there are no equal opportunity laws that would give sanctions to companies which discriminate against employment of people on the basis of age, gender, life circumstances, such as being parent to young children, etc. In our country, there are companies which prefer to hire men, the young and the single, among others. These biases stem from experiences with mothers who come late for work or are often absent so that they can take care of sick children, or bring their babies and young children to pediatricians and the like. They have biases in favor of single women whom they consider more efficient, who can work long hours, and additionally, don’t have maternal benefits.
However, there are also companies that look at the qualifications and potentials of applicants and hire women with young children. During the probationary period, these married women show themselves to be work-engaged and focused (rather than distracted), and are able to finish tasks even if these tasks take them well in the night. These young mothers are self-confident about working late hours because they usually have their own mothers or mothers-in-laws, or reliable domestic helpers or “yayas” to take care of their children’s needs, including monitoring their homework.
That you live outside of Metro Manila is disadvantage because there are fewer companies in your home location or surrounding environs unlike those that can be found in Metro Manila cities such as Makati City, Parañaque City, Las Piñas City, Muntinlupa City, Quezon City, Pasig City, etc. But, don’t be discouraged. I suggest the following things you can do:
1. Get someone reliable and dependable to take care of your baby. Train this person on how to take care of your baby, what to do if your baby gets sick, how to get in touch with you, whom to call if you can’t be reached out, etc.
2. Improve your resume to project a good image of you. Surf the Internet or get a book on how to write effective resumes.
3. Send your resume to as many companies that employ people with your educational background. The more companies you send your resume to, the better are your chances to be interviewed and to get a job.
4. Look at job vacancies advertised in the job market. Participate in job fairs in your province. Know what positions require your educational background or chemistry or engineering. Even if the job specifies male or single people, send your resume just the same.
5. Prepare yourself for interviews. Know how to respond when the interviewer asks you how having a baby is likely to affect your performance. Prepare your answer and deliver it with self-confidence.
Say something like this: “Yet, it’s true that I have a six-month old baby. However, this will not affect my job performance because I have my mother (or a trained and reliable “yaya”) to take care of my baby. If given a chance to work in your company, I am prepared to show that I will be efficient and hardworking and deliver expected results.” If the interviewer is not upfront about their preference for single women, bring up the matter by asking, “Would my being married and with a baby affect your decision to hire me, if you find me qualified?”
6. While waiting for job interviews, develop your computer skills. Every job nowadays requires computer proficiency. Additionally, review your subjects in Chemical Engineering to be ready to answer technical questions.
7. Develop your network i.e., list down people you know who are employed or who know people who can refer you to companies to which you can apply. Make known to them that you are looking for a job.
8. Be confident, based on your confidence in God, that you will get a good job. It will just take time.
God bless you.