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Old 07-18-2016, 08:10 AM
 
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i'm starting to apply for job openings because i finally decided it's time to make a move. but i have a nonrefundable vacation books for a week in September. i'm wondering when i should tell the prospective employer. should i mention it ON the actual interview? or should i mention it only if they offer me a position? i want them to also know that i would be willing to take the week unpaid and i don't want it to stop me from getting a position.

any ideas on how to handle that or when to mention it?
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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Only mention it if you get an offer.

It happened to me in 2009 - I received an offer in October and knew I was going away for 5 business days in February. I told them upon receiving the offer that I had a pre-planned vacation and asked what should be done. In the end, we calculated that I'd have earned exactly 40 hours of PTO by the time I left for my vacation, and so they had no issue with it. Had I not accumulated the full 40 hours, then whatever wasn't covered by PTO would have been unpaid time.

Do not mention that you are willing to take the whole week unpaid - they'll have a policy in place for this situation and will address it. It's possible only part of it will be covered by PTO, but it's also possible they'll front you the PTO in advance (which means absolutely no time off for a few months upon your return). All you can do is tell them about your vacation upon receiving an offer and letting them tell you what their policy states.

Good luck.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:39 AM
 
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Only mention it if you get an offer.

It happened to me in 2009 - I received an offer in October and knew I was going away for 5 business days in February. I told them upon receiving the offer that I had a pre-planned vacation and asked what should be done. In the end, we calculated that I'd have earned exactly 40 hours of PTO by the time I left for my vacation, and so they had no issue with it. Had I not accumulated the full 40 hours, then whatever wasn't covered by PTO would have been unpaid time.

Do not mention that you are willing to take the whole week unpaid - they'll have a policy in place for this situation and will address it. It's possible only part of it will be covered by PTO, but it's also possible they'll front you the PTO in advance (which means absolutely no time off for a few months upon your return). All you can do is tell them about your vacation upon receiving an offer and letting them tell you what their policy states.

Good luck.
ok that sounds good. thank you!!
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:56 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Yes, in fact that's something that can be negotiated at the time of the offer, along with starting pay. Here it would be without pay and would extend the probation and delay the benefits by a week, but we would allow it.
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