(Closed) Asking for time off with a new job! Advice needed.

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

Instead of asking specifically for that time off, perhaps ask about the company’s policy on vacation leave? Like how much time you get off and what the protocol is for requesting it. And I feel you on how nerve-wracking it can be to ask for time off at a new job!

Post # 4
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

If it was me in the position, I would not. Right now I’m applying for teaching positions for the coming school year. I just graduated this January and have been working as an assistant so it would be my first head teacher position and that’s a big deal. My husband’s father is getting remarried and he scheduled the wedding for August 6 so everyone could go. Then randomly they rescheduled the wedding for right at the beginning of the school year when the students are going to come. I told my husband outright that while they have every right to get married when they want I absolutely will not be requesting the days a few weeks into my first teaching job, leaving plans for a sub. That would reflect so poorly on me and I won’t do it. So that’s my two cents – this year being an assistant I did take off days for things but next year having my first real important job I know I want to be taken more seriously and like a teacher that can be relied on. 

Post # 7
220 posts
Helper bee

Are there other young employees at the firm you could ask about this?  I would ask them how it would be perceived.  How this kind of thing is viewed varies a lot by company culture.

Post # 9
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

I did this. I had a trip planned to visit my mister in Michigan for a week and then got a job offer. When I accepted, I told them I had a pre-planned vacation (which was about 2 months after my start date) and they were totally cool with it. I had intended on taking the time unpaid, but I found out after I returned that I had accrued enough vacation and personal time to cover the full week (they also “advanced” my May hours to make this work, unbeknownst to me)! 

I would just bring it up if and when an offer is made. Most employers understand that travel arrangements typically are made well in advance and are accomodatiing. 

Post # 10
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

When I was hired 2 years ago at my “big girl” job I told them up front I had a family vacation planned to go to Florida and they were fine with it I just had to take it unpaid. I wouldn’t wait until your hired to ask.

Post # 11
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know a few people in this situation, they always mentioned the vacation during hiring and were always allowed to take it. Even my friemd who didn’t get vacation days for a year. They are going through a lot of candiates and if they pick you from all of them, they will probably be able to make some concessions to keep you.

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