(Closed) Finding new job before the wedding & honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Personally, I wouldn’t want to deal with the stress of a new, more difficult job while wedding planning. But if you’ll be happier with a more stimulating job, then it may be better.

But I did want to share that when I interviewed for my current position, I told them that I had already booked a 2 week vacation that would be a couple months after I started. They let me take the time off, without pay, without any problem. But I know they appreciated that they knew about it up-front.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I guess it really depends on your field. If it generally takes a month or two to hear from employers after application (like gov) I think I would wait until right around July/Aug to actually start getting active on applying. It may be a challenge to get the time off, especially if you’re the new guy and don’t have any seniority. You don’t know what kind of vacation policy a potential employer will have when you’re applying and 3 weeks is quite a bit of time.

I had to get special approval from my supervisor’s supervisor in order to get more than 14 consecutive days off. I doubt it would have been approved if I didnt already have a proven track record, which is challenging to do if you’re only a few short months.

Enjoy the free time this job affords, and use it to research potential employers, sharpen your resume, maybe do an informational interview with eployees in the summer. If you need a challenge, learn a new skill that may be helpful for your new potential job ( a program, read books).

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Even if you weren’t a new employee, many work places cannot accomodate an employee taking over three weeks of vacation in a row.  I know you are eager to get a new job, but it may be best to start looking in the sping so you can potentially have a new job set up after you return from the honeymoon.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY

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blondebabe818:  When I was interviewing for the job I currently have, back in September, I told my soon-to-be manager that I was wedding planning and would need to take about three weeks off at the end of March/beginning of April 2015. In the end, she said it wouldn’t be a problem and I think she appreciated that I was upfront about the time off. 

From my experience, if a company really wants to hire you, they will work with you – especially concerning plans you’ve already made.

Good luck on the job hunt!

L

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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blondebabe818:  i accepted a job with a new company about 6 weeks before my wedding, and a condition of my acceptance of the job was them knowing my wedding was coming up shortly. my training began just 2.5 weeks before my time off for the wedding, and i was out of the office for 7 business days. they were fine with it because they knew up front and even let me go negative in my accrued PTO balance to allow for my honeymoon. it wasn’t stressful to me at all. it was actually super easy and i walked away knowing i was still in the middle of training so i wouldn’t be swamped upon my return ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’m not sure what type of job you’re looking for, but three weeks of vacation in a row is a tall order for any employee to request off at one time (in the U.S., anyway). Many positions require a probationary period where you get NO time off at all. I’d say at best, you’d get two weeks of vacation for the whole year. And then you’d better hope you wouldn’t need to take extra time off for thanksgiving or Christmas. So, I’d really reconsider your plans either to start a new job or the three week honeymoon.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

 

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blondebabe818:  That’s tough, it would be good to have two years consitent employment on your resume (you aren’t a job hopper). It would give you more time for wedding planning stuff and getting prepped for wedding. Plus you’ll have all that time accrued possibly more so you can take off random days up to the wedding.

I’ll be in your boat in 2016 and maybe I’ll think differently then… but right now I think job security/vacation time would with my sanity. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would wait until after your wedding/honeymoon. Some companies won’t even let new employees take vacation the first year (I’m in Canada and I’m talking non-union jobs).  Unless you can find a job that makes so much more money, that it’s worth the three weeks unpaid to go on your honeymoon. 

Chances are you won’t find a job right off the bat and you will be looking starting a position a few months before your wedding and that sounds awfully stressful.  

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

Commenting to follow. I might be in the same position next year! 

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