Post # 1
I’ve been really unhappy at my current workplace and have decided to start looking into jobs after our wedding in July. Preferably I’d like to work in administration with the local university for a multitude of reasons (loved working in the environment while I was in college, the benefits are fabulous, Me & FI would like to go back to school & we + any future kids would get a discount, and they have so many opportunities to move up the ladder). I found a great job listing today but the deadline for application is just 2 days before we leave for our wedding in Mexico. I will be gone for 2.5 weeks after that (fairly unreachable in Mexico unless emergency- it’s like $2/min), and if I get the job would need an additional 2 weeks to put in my notice.
What would you do in that position? I don’t even know if it’s worth it to apply at this point, many of their positions end up going about a month past the close date for applications but the school year is coming up fast. On the other hand I’d hate to put in my application, they get hyped then not be able to reach me & think I’m a flake (possibly hurting future chances).
I haven’t done this in 5 years. It’s a little scary and I would very much appreciate any morsels of advice you ladies could offer up! I’ve been working on my resume & linkedin profile so I’d just have to refine those & draft/refine a cover letter….
Post # 3
@BeckyS0: I’d mention in the application the dates you will be out of the country so they don’t wonder why they can’t reach you if they try to. I’m sure they’ll understand. It’s better than starting the job and asking for 2 weeks off immediately!
Post # 4
In my experience, the hiring process takes FOREVER. You probably don’t need to worry about having time to put in your two weeks. The interview timeframe might be more of an issue. My suggestion would be to get your application in ASAP. I have been contacted for an interview before the official closing date. This will up your chances of them being able to reach you before vacation. With your application, mention the dates that you will be out of the country (don’t say you’re getting married- be vague) and be sure to mention that you will be difficult to reach.
I would suggest either giving someone at home (like your mom maybe) access to your email so they can keep an eye out for responses from that person, or making a new email and giving someone access to that. Then hopefully they can handle the correspondence for you (maybe pre-type a response for them) and let you know super briefly on the phone instead of you having to waste precious phone minutes being professional with the hiring people while you’re on vacation.
Post # 5
It doesn’t take long to update a resume and profile.
Send in your resume. In the cover letter state that you will be getting married on ____ , returning home ____ and look forward to hearing from them.
You could check your email every 3-4 days. Just look at the senders, don’t open an email unless it’s from them. That will only take a couple of minutes. Well worth investing $4 x 6=$24 (if you are gone two and a half weeks) for a new job.
If they do email you and ask for any information, log off the email, draft your response in Word, log back onto email and copy and paste the response. One minute or less online.
Post # 6
@julies1949: I’m glad you ladies don’t think it’s much of an issue- Yay! I will have daily access to e-mail, the resort we are staying at has free wifi so that’s not an issue, I just can’t take phone calls. Thank for ya’lls input, now I’m kinda getting excited about it!
Post # 7
@BeckyS0: I can almost guarantee that they will be happy to contact you by email, rather than by phone.
Post # 8
If you have internet, you have 0 problems. Just tell them you won’t have access to a phone while you’re away but you can be reached via email. I recommend not telling them you are getting married though. Usually it’s best to leave all personal stuff out until you have your offer in hand. Some offices don’t want to hire engaged or recently married people because they might go on maternity leave shortly afterward. No need to complicate the situation by mentioning it.
Post # 9
@kgirl91: I completely agree with this. I would NOT tell the potential employer of your upcoming wedding and honeymoon, just that you are only available by email between such and such dates. I have friends that work in HR and it is true – if they see that someone just got married or is getting married they assume they won’t be at the position long because they’re going to TTC shortly. Sad but true.