How do I tell my supervisor I'm interviewing elsewhere when I need them as a reference?
November 23, 2011 7:58 AM Subscribe
I have a job interview next week. Meanwhile, my current supervisor is anxious to start the work plan and budget process for 2012. I feel dishonest committing to projects that I have no intention of carrying out. I need my supervisor as a reference and I can't burn this bridge - how do I tell my boss I'm interviewing elsewhere?
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I currently live in a small city in a sparsely populated part of the country. I'll be relocating to be closer to my partner in the next city over. Fortunately, jobs are plentiful in this area, and there are generally more jobs than there are applicants - so if I'm not successful during this interview, there will be more to follow.
My supervisor and I belong to the same small professional organization and he is the head of the examining committee. Though he can't review my application for said professional organization, I desperately need him to provide a solid reference on my behalf. I have held my current job for almost three years, and there is nobody else with our professional designation within the corporation. Given the population of our area, I don't have much choice in terms of who can provide a reference, as they must hold the same professional designation to provide the reference.
I can't emphasize this enough - I have to maintain an amicable relationship with my current supervisor.
I know I am only required to provide two weeks' notice. My supervisor knows I am in a long distance relationship, and he is a kind person - thus why I'd like to approach the situation with as much sensitivity as possible.
How do I tell my boss that I will be taking this interview and intend to move in the very, very near future?