Applying for a new job- but what to do about a planned vacation?
October 15, 2013 2:20 AM Subscribe
After years of being on the fence about leaving and gritting my teeth while putting up with a shitty work environment, I'm ready to start applying for jobs. It's taken me a long time to get brave enough to do this, so I'm pretty happy that I'm going to pull the plug! But I feel like I can't start applying for positions because of an upcoming vacation, and I'm not sure what to do.
posted by anonymous to work & money (29 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Ideally, I would love to quit my job tomorrow, but I know I need to stick it out until I find a new job. My concern with applying for jobs now is that I have a trip coming up in December to visit family far away. The tickets are bought, plans are made, and I've been granted leave from my current employer for almost 3 weeks (I have a lot of vacation stored up). Going on the trip is very important to me because I rarely see this family member. Not going is not an option.
Some jobs I like list the start date, but others don't. If they are listing the start date before my trip, I'm ignoring them because I figure they won't want to hire someone who would immediately want to take off. But I'm not sure what to do about the jobs that don't list a start date.
So my questions:
1. Should I be writing off the jobs that have a start date before my trip?
2. Is it normal to contact the organization listing the position to ask when the start date will be if they haven't given that information up front? I don't want to be a pest.
3. It's now mid-October. Is it crazy to be applying for jobs that would start for me in mid-January after the trip was over? (Presuming of course that they would want me to start after the trip . . .)
4. I don't want to lead anyone on about my availability. Should I put my expected availability in a cover letter or wait to let it come up in an interview?
Other details which may or may not be pertinent: I work in a non-profit. There aren't many positions available in my field (I was on a search committee for a similar position that had 150 applicants . . . about 20 of them were well-qualified), so it's hard to not apply to any jobs that do pop up.
I appreciate your help and feedback! I've never gone through the traditional job-seeking process before so I'm a little overwhelmed right now.