Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences

Subject: Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: jimmy -at- breck-mckye -dot- com
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:40:14 -0700

Depends on what you mean by "luck." If it's just not getting fired, I've
done it during periods when I was working contract and no client has ever
terminated my contract because I interviewed for a job. If you mean
getting some kind of counter offer to stop looking, either raise or job
offer, no. The closest ever was one company that really did want to hire
me and made an effort to get a req signed off when they knew my departure
was imminent, but they didn't succeed in getting the funds allocated and I
just finished my current project for them and then started my new job.

Gene Kim-Eng

On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 3:17 AM, <jimmy -at- breck-mckye -dot- com> wrote:

> Has anyone ever had any luck outright telling an employer, when pushed,
> that they're speaking to other organizations?
>
> Personally, I can't see such a strategy ever going well, but it'd be
> interesting to hear if this has ever prompted renegotiations.
>
> On 2012-09-14 03:37, Suzette Leeming wrote:
>
>> Oh, I'm sorry - wasn't trying to nail you to the wall, I was just offering
>> my perspective based on how I interpreted your post.
>>
>> Sometimes just saying you have a personal matter to attend to is enough -
>> and you don't need to say what it is. I just wanted to say that making up
>> a
>> cover story such as physical therapy or dentist, isn't honest (unless
>> you're going to squeeze that in on the way home). There's always the
>> option
>> of making sure your time is made up - if your leaving an hour early, you
>> could come in early or eat lunch while working. That way, nobody can
>> accuse
>> you of using company time to conduct your job search. I've often found
>> people are willing to interview after hours as well - they know you're
>> working and will appreciate that you're doing this on your own time.
>>
>> And I guess if you can't be honest when people ask about the change in
>> behaviour, be vague :)
>>
>> Suzette Leeming
>> Documentation Manager
>> Stouffville, Ontario
>>
>> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM, DoughtyTechWriter Mordant <
>> doughtytechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
>>
>> Oh, God, Suzette has nailed me to the wall. Well, I hadn't thought that
>>> far, but I guess I was thinking of mostly scheduling things very early
>>> or
>>> very late, and taking personal time. It's just that, if you change your
>>> pattern of b edhavior, which is what I will be doing, I don't want to be
>>> caught dumbstruck if someone innocently asks me what's up. I do feel the
>>> need of a story. Doughty, REALLY clutching his pearls now
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ______________________________**__
>>> From: Suzette Leeming <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
>>> To: DoughtyTechWriter Mordant <doughtytechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com>
>>> Cc: "TechWhirl <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>" <
>>> techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>>> >
>>> Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 8:48 PM
>>> Subject: Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences
>>>
>>>
>>> And I wonder if I need to point out that by asking that question here,
>>> which has an rssfeed to some websites, you've just kind of announced that
>>> you're willing to be deceptive. That isn't (IMO) a good start to a new
>>> job
>>> search.
>>>
>>> Suzette Leeming
>>> Documentation Manager
>>> Stouffville, Ontario
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM, DoughtyTechWriter Mordant <
>>> doughtytechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
>>>
>>> I'm about to start jobhunting in earnest. If there's any interest, I will
>>> have to make some longer phone calls, have some Skype interviews, and
>>> eventually make actual physical visits for interviews, so I will need to
>>> get out of the office for a few hours now and then.
>>> >
>>> >What kind of cover story have you offered in the past when you've been
>>> job-hunting?
>>> >
>>> >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.
>>> >
>>> >Doughty, now reporting to someone I could have sired/given birth to, who
>>> has no tech comm experience . . .
>>> >
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References:
Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences: From: DoughtyTechWriter Mordant
Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences: From: Suzette Leeming
Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences: From: DoughtyTechWriter Mordant
Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences: From: Suzette Leeming
Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences: From: jimmy

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