Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences

Subject: Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:04:30 -0700

On 9/13/2012 5:18 PM, DoughtyTechWriter Mordant wrote:

What kind of cover story have you offered in the past when you've been job-hunting?

Usually, just saying I need a personal day works. They cannot pry, but if you need more than three days off in a row, they can require a doctor's note for you to use sick pay, otherwise, they will just not pay you for those days.

I was thinking of something like physical therapy or some protracted dental torture, but these things would result in claims to my insurance. It might seem odd if the claims never arise if I have to look for a long time.

* doctor's visit
* sick child
* sick pet
* car repair
* utility company is coming by
* parents need something
* out of town for an STC convention
* department store sale
* brewfest
* need some fresh air

Doughty, now reporting to someone I could have sired/given birth to, who has no tech comm experience . . .

So a manager then.

Don't let the nature of your manager bother you. You are the expertise that makes that person's job work. You also likely earn more than that person and you certainly have more experience and more insurance than that person.

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