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msk99 posted 4/24/2013 17:13 PM

So, just trying to find a secondary part-time job to make some much needed income and keep things afloat. Just wondering if it is a good or bad idea to reference in my cover letter that I am a single dad looking for a stable secondary income or if I should omit it entirely?


Mama_of_3_Kids posted 4/24/2013 18:21 PM

Most people put, "References available upon request" on their resume. Good luck!

Too_Trusting posted 4/24/2013 19:44 PM

I wouldn't offer that info in a cover letter. IMO a potential employer might think that you'll stay long enough to get a little financial boost, then leave when he's invested time and effort into training you.

kernel posted 4/24/2013 21:05 PM

No. That type of information does not belong in a cover letter. If you're asked a direct question in interview, then you can say it.

Amazonia posted 4/25/2013 05:49 AM

No, and they shouldn't ask you about that in an interview either. Isn't that considered discrimination if they base a hiring decision on stuff like marital status?

ajsmom posted 4/25/2013 10:49 AM

Yes, familial status is a protected class. You cannot be discriminated against because you have children, regardless of your marital status.

Cover letters should emphasize your qualifications in relation to the job requirements (exact relation is best), your strong desire for the position and where you can be reached.

ETA: ALWAYS follow-up about a week later on your application. Be the squeaky wheel!

Good luck to you!


[This message edited by ajsmom at 10:50 AM, April 25th (Thursday)]

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 4/25/2013 11:02 AM

I completely misread your post the first time

What the others have said

msk99 posted 4/25/2013 11:12 AM

Thanks everyone for your feedback on this, clearly I shouldn't add that to my letter. That's the easy the tough part of finding a job outside my normal 8:30-4:30 job, lol....


msk99 posted 4/29/2013 13:53 PM

After using this advice, I managed to get an interview for a night auditor position at one of the local hotels. 2 shifts a week working 11PM-7AM, so figure I can manage that for the benefit of the boys. About a 1/4 of the pay of my regular job, but at this point, I need the cashola....

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