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    Professional Dilemma

    Ok guys, enlighten me. How do you handle taking off work for a couple days to go to another job interview?

    It's not as easy as just taking a few "personal days" I don't feel like. I'd have to fly to the interview and I currently work at a very small company, people would definitely ask questions and I'm probably the worst liar in the history of the world.

    I was just going to confront my boss and say the company contacted me from their file and it's a company I've always wanted to work for, closer to home, field I want to be in, etc. (lots of pros); however, one of my buddies said I'd be crazy to tell my boss the truth.

    So, thoughts? Anyone else dealt with this situation?



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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    I would just say you need to take time off... If you tell them its for another job you might as well just quit.

    If someone presses for what you are up to say you have some work to do on your house, or your uncle died or something.



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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    You telling the truth would be the worst mistake ever. People get shown the door for that type of truth.

    Just come up with a simple lie that you can easily remember and repeat to people if necessary.



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    Tell them you have a plumber coming to do some work on your house for a couple of days.


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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    I don't know when your interview is, but I would just try and get it on Thursday-Friday and turn it into an extended weekend. But that's depending on when you're interview is.

    If you just tell people you're taking off to go out of town for the weekend you don't have to elaborate anymore than that in my opinion.



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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by Dopey View Post
    Ok guys, enlighten me. How do you handle taking off work for a couple days to go to another job interview?

    It's not as easy as just taking a few "personal days" I don't feel like. I'd have to fly to the interview and I currently work at a very small company, people would definitely ask questions and I'm probably the worst liar in the history of the world.

    I was just going to confront my boss and say the company contacted me from their file and it's a company I've always wanted to work for, closer to home, field I want to be in, etc. (lots of pros); however, one of my buddies said I'd be crazy to tell my boss the truth.

    So, thoughts? Anyone else dealt with this situation?
    I was in a same situation 3 weeks ago, and just told everyone I was taking a day off for vacation/long weekend. Interview was on Friday, which helped with my excuse.

    To make the story interesting, I was waiting in the lobby of the company that was about to interview me, and here comes a guy from my present company (who was there for some other business), and I just thought how can this be happening. He will probably tell everyone (including my manager) that I was there for an interview, and then I am screwed. We talked for couple minutes, and then he left, and I was going for my interview. I was a bit nervous the following week, and luckily he just knew/understood that that's something you don't go sharing with everyone else.

    Last week I was offered the job, and then I let my manager know that I've accepted it. He understood my reasons and knew there was nothing he could do. Wished me the best, and said to stay in touch.

    So, don't worry about it too much... but don't tell anyone you are having this interview. Everyone involved should understand that that's how things work.



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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    Personal probs.......wife leaving you, kids on drugs, etc..



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    forgot this.......



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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    I was in this same situation last fall.
    The first interview was scheduled for a Saturday, so that wasn't a problem having to take a day off work. The second interview was on a Monday, so I just took a vacation day and didn't say why, and they never asked why. When I got the job, I just told them I got a job that I liked better and paid better. No hard feelings at all.


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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    If you are a poor liar, make the "excuse" something somewhat embarrassing. Marriage counselling, a doctor's visit to look at your private parts, or anything that could easily explain your uncomfortable behavior.

    My wife's former company always assumed that time off during the week was for job interviews. They used to play 20 questions until one time a lady had to explain that she was getting a pap smear. That ended the 20 questions game but they always still assume it.


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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    I don't understand the problem. Just say you want to take a couple of days off. They're your personal days. No explanation needed.


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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    Take the time off and don't feel bad about telling a bold faced lie about why. It's really none of their damn business what you do on your time off.


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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    Agree with all the posts here: Do not ever tell your current employer that you're interviewing or even considering leaving the company.

    A friend talked to her boss (this happened 2 years ago), saying that she was unhappy about the hours, etc and she was offered to transfer within the company. She refused and said she would start looking for a new job. Fast forward 2 months later: her boss called her, telling her that she needed to start looking for her replacement, but "HR won't allow me to post openings if no one leaves, so....let's start discussing your last day, how about in 3 weeks ?"

    She didn't find a job until 10 months later.



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    Re: Professional Dilemma

    Just say "personal matter" people wont pry...they will talk behind your back, but not pry.



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    Mission trip to some 3rd world country



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