Cover letter - should I mention my family vacation in it?

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Registered: 02-12-2009
Cover letter - should I mention my family vacation in it?
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Tue, 09-18-2012 - 1:01am

I need your help please. I'm making a cover letter for various jobs I'm applying for. It's for part-time retail jobs. I'm making a cover letter and would like to know if I should mention that I have a family vacation coming up at the end of October?  I've been asked by  one merchant  when I could start.   I found myself saying either October 2 or November 6 when I get back from my family vacation.

 The vacation is already paid for. The jobs I'm applying for are to suppliment the hours that I'm losing at my current Fed Ex job now.  I haven't had to do a resume and cover letter in almost 20 years.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. 

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Registered: 02-12-2009

 Hi calico43,

Thank you so much for your response. I'm leaving my vacation time off my cover letter.  You're absolutely right. When I went to turn in my resume at Barnes and Noble last week the manager asked me if I had planned to take any time off. I told her about my vacation. She said that wouldn't be a problem.  They just don't want anyone taking time off in November or December.

I appreciate your response to my posting.

 

C

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Registered: 02-12-2009

jvl44...Thank you so much for your response.  My vacation is off my cover letter.  When I turned in my resume last week at Barnes and Noble, the manager asked me if I had planned on taking any time off? I told her about my vacation coming up and she said that wouldn't be a problem. They just don't want anyone taking any time off in November or December.

I appreciate the time you took to reply to my posting.

Sincerely,

C

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Registered: 04-23-2005
Absolutely not. A cover letter is meant to introduce yourself and talk about your work abilities and what you can you for the company. Since we are coming upon the holidays, most retail stores will be hiring for holiday help. Depending on the store, most of them have a blackout time where you cannot take time off during the months of Nov/Dec. . If you want to avoid asking for time off after you are hired, I would tell them Nov 6. That way you will be free to work whatever dates/ hours they want you. If they ask you why such a late date, I would tell the truth and say you have a vacation planned. It is worse to ask for time off after being hired(especially during holidays)than it is to tell them the truth about your plans before you are hired. Most stores shouldn't have a problem if you are taking a vacation in Oct. If , for example,a potential hire told them they would't be available the week of Thanksgiving,they probably won't hire them.. All stores require their employees to work Black Friday(the biggest day in retail) and day after Christmas. Most stores hire holiday help, and many of the position turn into permanent ones after the holidays are over. Good Luck.