Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences

Subject: Re: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:36:19 -0400

I'm superstitious. I have never left a job for another and had the next one work out, so I simply don't anymore. I will quit and sit around doing nothing while I look and find one, or I will ride it into the ground until the current job eventually dies, but I don't quit one on Friday to go to the next on Monday.


The exception is if the current job has given me notice that on say, October 26th, it ends. In that case, they know you are going to be gone and having to look for the next job is a necessity. If I have a phone interview, I go away from the building preferably so that there is no mistake that I am not on the clock anymore. I record time leaving and time coming back so that I have only work hours accounted for. If I have to tell someone, like in a small office where you are never away from your desk, or an in-person interview where you are definitely going to be away from the building for a long period of time, I tell them I have some business that needs to be done and will be back in an hour, two, whatever. No one has ever objected. They already know that business means job interview, so don't lie and say you have an aunt's funeral or you have a dentist appointment.

Of course, I have had few in-person interviews while working in a current job. I avoid them. They are frequently a waste of time. I have to drive an hour there, wait a half hour as they are invariably late, the one hour interview frequently goes 2 hours, and then I have an hour drive back. Most are actually a way to see if you are black, white, Hispanic, old, young, ugly, handicapped, etc. without having to ask those illegal questions. In the long run, they usually have someone else in mind and those 4 or 5 hours have just been thrown away.

----- Original Message ----- From: "DoughtyTechWriter Mordant" <doughtytechwriter -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 8:18 PM
Subject: Cover Stories for Job-Hunting Absences

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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