HELP!! Too many interviews . . .

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Registered: 03-26-2003
HELP!! Too many interviews . . .
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:36pm
Too much of a good thing is BAD!

As you know I have been having a lot of interviews. I technically get out of work at 4pm, but I've always been the go-to girl so I usually stay late to finish projects and am very devoted to the company and to keep things moving.

Right now we're in the middle of some major opportunities that I was able to secure but because I have interviews nearly every day after work, I can't stay late. And my job search is confidential. People are getting suspicious about why I'm dressing better and leaving on time. And my boss is upset that I can't stay late like I always used to. I'm running out of excuses. I don't think I should have to explain why I'm leaving on time, but I'm expected to. I'm in a really tough position because I'm lucky to be having so many interviews with companies that I'm interested in but without an offer I can't afford to jeopordize my good standing at my job. Do I have to or should I tell someone that I'm looking? If not how do I handle this?

I understand that I'm very blessed to have so many intervies, but I'm still in a tough spot and I need advice.

Avatar for cl_sara5683
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 4:42pm
Do I have to or should I tell someone that I'm looking? If not how do I handle this?

* The reason your boss is upset, is that he/ she came to depend on you, staying late. There is obviously a reason, you are leaving the job. Might as well start tapering off, as you have.

* You can handle this by maybe comming in early, if you are feeling guilty and that is an option. You can also, be sure to be doing your job to the best, of your ability. Is there a time on the weekends, you could come in and work some hours?

* You don't HAVE to tell anyone, you are looking for a new job.

People are going to talk and wonder, but you do not have to tell them. Change is something some people can't handle. Sometimes, its easier to let the little things roll off your back. As long as you are doing your job to the best of your ability. Don't worry to much. You are still working the hours you are suppose to, which is a good thing.

Best of luck on your job search, and keep us posted!

~ Sara ~


Avatar for mikie724
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:43pm
You must leave on time.... and you're dressing a little better these days.

1. It's best not to let anyone know you are going for interviews.

It may come back to haunt you.

2. Is it possible that IF you're asked outright, to simply say,

"I have a date tonight.", with a big smile and wink.

... as if you're involved in a new and exciting relationship.

3. If that's not a valid option, how about saying you have recently joined a group.

(Alumni Group from your college, PTA, Church, etc.), and they meet on different days a week for now, until they figure out a set day of the week that works best for the most people. (that would explain why it's on different days & not the same week after week)

4. If you're already on a group such as this, it's spring time... and you may be involved with a fundraiser the group is planning.... (thus the reason to be sure to leave on time each day, as the meetings are held immediately after work.)

Just some thoughts.

Good luck.