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What To Do When You Need Time Off For Interviews


The time has come. Whether you are looking for greener pastures, want to strike out to a new field, or have had it with an issue at your current job, you’re ready to move on. Don’t feel that you need to be bound to an employment situation that isn’t working out for you. In fact, statistics show that not only are more people switching jobs that ever, especially younger people. In addition, people aren’t always doing it to get from something negative. In fact, many jobseekers find switching employers a vital way to improve their positions and pay.

While job-hopping is expected more than ever, there is still the fact that you have to get that job first. In addition, the old adage of not leaving your old job until you get a new one holdstrue. This leaves a bit of an issue. How do you start working towards getting that new job when you still need to keep things going at your current one? Doing this is a bit of a balancing act, but some of these tips will help guide you through.

Balancing Your Responsibilities

When the time comes to actually start going out on interviews, the type of job you have will often play a big role in how difficult this is. Needless to say, if you are blessed with a flexible schedule, plugging in interviews on your time away from work will be easy. If not, your best options may be to try and schedule interviews around the beginning or end of your work day. This may be a bit of a time crunch, but at least you will have time at work to attend to your duties.

When these fail, you’ll need to put in other measures to get the time you need. Putting together excuses may be a bit much, but this is important. Should your search fall short, you will still want things to go well with your current job. When it comes to making up an excuse, you can be as detailed or vague as you want. Just make sure that your reason is plausible. Potential options include:

  • Picking up a friend in need.
  • An emergency repair/plumbing issue at home.
  • An appointment of some kind.
  • The simple, “personal business.”

If you have personal or vacation days you wish to use, these are always the best option. You’ve already earned them, so as long as you give as much advance as possible, you should also cause minimum fuss with management.

Sometimes, you may want to go to the extreme, like seeking out a doctor’s note for work. The good news is that there are many different templates you can find online to fit your medical history and other needs. The bad news is that there may be a case of “boy who cried wolf syndrome” at work. After all, how many interviews will you go on? This doesn’t mean that a doctor’s note is bad. Quite the opposite. But like any tool, you need to make sure that you use it properly. Try and use this as a last resort, when the other tips on this list fail or if your potential interviewer needs to make a quick scheduling change.

Planning A Proper Exit

When you find that new job that seems like a great match, take a minute to congratulate yourself! But only a minute, as there are still many different things you need to do during the transition. One of the first things is setting up a proper transition from your previous job. While it’s tempting to simply throw caution to the wind, never burn a bridge if you can avoid it.

The first step you should take is try to let your boss or immediate supervisor know as soon as possible that you are leaving, and give them as much time as is feasible prior notice. On top of the practical side of things (letting them have time to find a replacement) this also makes you come off as a respectful but confident worker. Having a prior boss who thinks well of you is a valuable asset when you applying to other jobs. Sometimes, it pays to help facilitate the transition by training your replacement. However, try not to make any promises you won’t be able to keep.

In general, keep your reasons for leaving vague, whether they are negative towards the company or not. Instead, keep your colleagues in the loop that you are leaving, keep emotions to a minimum, and stay positive, and your past job may become a useful asset. After all, who know when you may feel like job-hopping again.