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What to do if offered job and have a planned vacation?

Asked by chelle21689 (5450 points ) December 15th, 2013 from iPhone

This is my first real full time job in a career I’ve been trying to get into. I accepted a job and I start in three weeks. I was so excited that I completely forgot to mention I have a planned vacation 4 months from my start date.

Should I call ASAP and let them know? I am willing to cancel if they say it will compromise but I figure it wouldn’t hurt to ask. It’s an annual big trip my bf goes to and I agreed to go with him next year and he booked a cabin and everything though.

Should I tell them now? I was told by friends that I should’ve brought it up once they offered me the job but I didn’t know that it was the professionally well mannered thing to do.

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11 Answers

Seek's avatar

It’s definitely the professional, well-mannered thing to do, to let your prospective employer know of any pre-arranged responsibilities you have.

No, you don’t have to tell them why. Just let them know, “I apologise for not mentioning it before, but if it isn’t too inconvenient I have an earlier commitment that will require my being out of town from date-X to date-Y.” They will let you know what arrangements will need to be made.

zenvelo's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr said it all. Call them first thing tomorrow morning, don’t put it off at all, not even until late morning.

johnpowell's avatar

Four months is a long way out. Let them know ASAP so plans to cover for you while you are gone can be made. This isn’t a huge deal. It isn’t like you start on Monday and need a week off starting on Wednesday. I wouldn’t stress over it.

pleiades's avatar

I’m going to be that guy that says cancel the trip. I don’t know what is about how I’m wired, but I see it as joining a new team. I’m the rookie and I don’t want to let my teammates down and I have to earn their respect. Probably very primitive way of thinking but that’s my 2 cents.

I wish I were as brave as the other answerers though!

2davidc8's avatar

I’m with @pleiades. If you really want/like the job, you forgo the vacation. You can vacation later.

chyna's avatar

This is the job you have talked about wanting forever. I think I would forego the vacation also.

jca's avatar

If this is your dream job and you are grateful to have it, I would consider not taking the vacation if I were you.

If you do ask for it, however, make it clear that you understand you would be willing to take it without pay. If you already have airfare purchased, that will be helpful toward your case.

Please post an update as to how things go for you when you do ask, or whatever you choose to do.

Thanks.
JCA
The Update Lady

Pooh54's avatar

I would let them know ASAP. I would mention that you have had this planned for months, (especially in the age of Time Shares where you book almost a year in advance), and see if they give you a hard time. At least you are giving them notice in advance to cover you while you are gone. If they are ok with it, then between now and the time you go on vacation, I would work my butt off to show them that they picked the right person for the job.

Judi's avatar

This just happened with my sister although she DID tell them before she was offered the job. Let them know ASAP! Be honest. Most vacation plans these days work on an accrual basis so hopefully it won’t be a problem.

janbb's avatar

I wouldn’t stress over it tonight. It is four months away. Just call them tomorrow, say that you realized the planned vacation might cause a problem and ask if they need you to cancel it. Just be sensitive to any clues you pick up that it might not be ok.

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