Should I hold off on job hunting until after the wedding?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@SouthernGirl:  March is a long ways away! I’d look for work now. Definitely don’t volunteer that you need a week off until after you’ve accepted a job offer.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think I would go crazy just sitting around from November to March. I don’t think there’s any harm in look for a job, maybe even part time until the wedding. I would think most places would be willing to give you a week off, but if not move on. If you don’t find one right away then oh well!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@SouthernGirl:  Keep looking.  It took me almost 3 years after graduating to find a real full time job in my career field.  All during that time I was applying and interviewing.  If you get a job before you wedding, most of the time it’s not a big deal to take some time off for a honeymoon.  Just make sure to let them know the dates you need to take off when you accpt the job.  It may not even end up being an issue if you can’t get a job before March but in this job market, I wouldn’t take any time off because the more time you are unemployed, the harder it usually is to get a job.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would definitely start looking now. We moved here at the end of Nov 2012 and and my FI JUST now got a position starting in 3 weeks.

And, I would definitely not hold back that you’re taking off. What’s the difference between (a) going on a job interview, telling them you need a week off for an already-planned vacation and not getting the job and (b) not job hunting and not getting a job? 

I would much rather feel safe knowing I’m going to get the week off. Most jobs won’t hold a week vacation that’s already planned against you. What happens if you took a job and when you wanted to take off, they said no? That happened to a friend of mine.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I took a new job knowing that I had my wedding the following year. It was a non-issue. Most employers will be fine, and understand that it’s (hopefully!) a once in a lifetime event that you can’t change now it’s booked.

Also, look at it this way. Do you really want to work for an employer who arbitrarily won’t hire you in November for an ongoing position because you have a one week vacation pre-booked four months away? Trust me, you probably dodged a bullet!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Just tell them you need honeymoon time off during your negotiation/job offer. At that point, they want you, and will probably work with you–although it probably would be unpaid

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I would start job hunting as soon as you are certified and play open cards with them about needing time off for the wedding and honeymoon. 

I just recently started a new job and from the beginning I was open with them about needing the time off. They are totally fine with it and at least i have peace of mind knowing that I will have a job when I come back from the honeymoon. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I would be honest about it during the job interview. I’m in the same boat as you. Finishing in late August 2014 and getting married in January, but my fiancé has classes until late April so our honeymoon would be in May. There’s no way I can spend so much time without a job … so I’ll have to be honest right from the start, because as an employer I would hate a candidate to take the job, then just tell me they need to be off for wedding, honeymoon or pregnancy (they knew in the interview and didn’t tell me). I think it might bring trust issues right from the start and I wouldn’t like it in a new working environment. 

I believe many employers will be fine with it, the demand is not unreasonable. 🙂

Post # 12
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641 posts
Busy bee

Get in that job market immediately, young lady. Companies will understand why you are taking the time off. A honeymoon is a once in a lifetime event, and going on a honeymoon doesn’t show some lack of responsibility or deficit in e workplace skills or whatever. Particularly if the job market is shit, you need to get your feet in it ASAP.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Just apply to as many jobs as possible and you will find one. If you are good at what you do (and I’m sure you are) finding a job won’t be an issue. You will be fine! Get a job before you worry about time off. If they want you in the position it won’t be a problem

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