I would like to find another job, but my work schedule makes it difficult to arrange interviews. Using vacation time might seem like the logical solution, but that’s not possible here. Due to the nature of our business, management requires vacation requests to be made 30 days in advance.
If I ask for time off on short notice, my boss will expect me to give him a reason. I’m not very good at lying, and I don’t feel right about faking a medical appointment. I have missed out on several opportunities because I couldn’t figure out how to go to interviews. How do other people deal with this? – ST
I immediately called a good friend and asked him if he submitted the question. He laughed and claimed he didn’t, but wished he had as it was the big dilemma he and others was facing in finding new employment. I agree with McIntyre’s answer, but as a woman who often juggled graduate school, full time practicum, and a full-time job (there are 24 hours in day people!); I am the queen of getting the flexibility I need. I think the best way is to be honest with whoever may be your future employer. Explain your vacation restrictions and request an interview before or after work. It may also be worth asking for a phone interview or a video interview instead. If that isn’t feasible, then you will have to give your boss a plausible explanation for missing a few hours. The best white lie I have developed is the “Life Appointment.” © That one phrase encompasses everything I may do in my time away from work. This is vague, and only works when you have clear strict boundaries with your boss. This line will also allow you the opportunity to go in for a second interview if one occurs (your supervisor may assume your appointment is medical or family related). I also think it’s worth sweetening the pot by telling your boss that you will work late the next day or come in early (after all, who wants to use other vacation time for a job interview).