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Old 01-20-2014, 06:46 AM
 
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This hasn't happened yet or anything, but I've been thinking about this for some time, and was wondering if you guys had any thoughts on it.

I actually live in the same place I work. It's a big operating ranch, outdoor education center, nature reserve-y type thing, corporate retreat center, etc. etc.

There are a few of us that live in houses on the property, including both me and my boss.

If the day came where I had to go interview at another job without much notice, what would be the best way for me to get out of there?

Because obviously, I can't just call in sick, because then he will see that I'm not actually at home and that I took off somewhere, and he would know I'm lying.

It's also a very small administration staff here, so they are going to be all up in my business either way asking me about where I went.

Any thoughts or suggestions on this unique situation, and what I could say/how I could get off work to fly to an interview and not have them know what's up?

Thanks.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:51 AM
 
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When I see other folks at work suddenly disappear for interviews,they seem to consistently say they have a family emergency and need to go back home for a few days. They never day any details about the nature of the family emergency, although I never prod.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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You were away on personal business; people need to respect your privacy or be offended when you subsequently tell them to mind their own.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:20 AM
 
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Yeah, I suppose that's the best I can do. "Family situation" or something like that. One of the downfalls of living right next to your boss.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:24 AM
 
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You were away on personal business; people need to respect your privacy or be offended when you subsequently tell them to mind their own.
Well, I was thinking more about what I should say when I FIRST tell my boss I'm heading out of town. That awkward moment, right?
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:32 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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You were away on personal business; people need to respect your privacy or be offended when you subsequently tell them to mind their own.
That is ALL you need to say. "Personal business" and leave it at that.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:56 PM
 
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That is ALL you need to say. "Personal business" and leave it at that.
And add either a glaring - you better not ask stare; or lower your eyes and tear up. Either should work.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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?????

How about you take a vacation day? Just tell people you went away somewhere and had a good time.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:08 PM
 
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?????

How about you take a vacation day? Just tell people you went away somewhere and had a good time.
Well, because if it's on short notice and you say "I'm gonna use a vacation day, just go somewhere and have a good time." and then your boss says, "Oh no, Tuesday's not a good day at all, we've got that meeting with so and so...

Then at that point you can't be like, "Well, actually I've got like, this family thing I have to deal with."

Then he would think you are lying.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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How about the truth? "I'm considering making some changes, and I have a job interview on Tuesday." Do you not have a good enough relationship with your employers? Are you some sort of indentured servant trying to escape?

I took two days off work to fly across the country for job interviews, with my boss's knowledge. Why wouldn't I want him to know? He also wrote a letter of recommendation.
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