Start Date Dilemma

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Registered: 03-01-2008
Start Date Dilemma
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Wed, 06-25-2014 - 1:42pm

Hi everyone!  I'm faced with a silly dilemma but it's a dilemma for me nonetheless.  I recently got a new job which I'm very excited out but the new company is very very very slow in getting things done. I applied in early May and even though the response from my application was quick, after 3 interviews it took over a month to get an offer letter from the last interview point.  I accepted the offer letter on monday but I have to complete a background investigation and a pre-employment physical before I am officially "in" and the HR person told me not to put in my two weeks notice at the current job until those two things are squared away which is fair.  But she had me decide on a start date before the background inverstation and pre-employment which now I'm getting the feeling will take a while and it may not leave me with enough time to put in my two-weeks let alone accomodate a a couple of days break between the two jobs.  I really was hoping to take the opportunity between jobs to get a couple of days to travel or relax because I haven't had a proper break with the job now.

Is it bad form to move the start date with the new employer if the background check and physical results are not approved in good time?  They seem very slow moving and I'm actually surprised they wanted me to decide on a start date before i know when i can call it quits with my current job.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 06-25-2014 - 4:13pm

That does seem odd that they would have you choose the start date, since they would have a better idea of when they can finish the background check etc. Maybe it was intended as a way for them to know your general availability to start? Anyway I don't think it would look bad to contact your contact person at the new job and ask the status on their side of it. Ask if the date you suggested still looks feasable for them. Depending on her response, you may not need to say anything but if necessary you could explain that you'd like a few days between jobs to get some things in order---you don't need to explain about a vacation etc----so you want to have a firmer idea on the timing of when you should give notice. 

Have they told you when to get the physical or is that still up in the air too? 

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Registered: 03-01-2008
Wed, 06-25-2014 - 5:04pm

Thanks for responding Elc11 :)  My physical is next tuesday.  If I can put in my two weeks by July 7th I can achieve a week between jobs.  If it's later than that, it'll be tough and I'm so doubtful of getting word back from the new employer by the 7th considering July 4th is also next week ugh.  At least feel better knowing I'm not the only one who finds it odd :)  I don't know if they wanted the date for the offer letter or if it's set in stone, but hoping I can manage a couple of days off.  Lord knows I could use it!

Community Leader
Registered: 01-03-2004
Wed, 06-25-2014 - 8:44pm

Hi,

I think the purpose of asking you for a start date during the interview was to see if you really would be available to come to work for them. So, by all means, contact the HR department and ask to adjust your start based on their requirements for the background check, etc. That's reasonable, especially since they have shown they are "slow" to complete things. It's reasonable to give 2 weeks notice to your current employer but I wouldn't do it until the new employer comes through with their process.

Good luck.

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Wed, 07-02-2014 - 8:08pm

I think that is odd as well..but I do think it would be okay to tell them you need to put off the start date if you won't be able to give a two week notice until everything else is complete.

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Wed, 07-02-2014 - 8:08pm

I think that is odd as well..but I do think it would be okay to tell them you need to put off the start date if you won't be able to give a two week notice until everything else is complete.

Malea

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