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Old 04-09-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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I posted here a couple weeks ago about a job interview process, and 2 weeks ago I got my job offer and accepted the position...

At the time of acceptance, my summer trip was already booked so I told the HR person who made the offer and she said that it might not be possible to go with my initial dates of May (because I am only starting next Monday, which is already mid-April), but I could take it during the summer after discussing the topic with my supervisor. She also said that she will talk to him about it before I start. She never got back to me about it, should I email her? I'm afraid to sound as if I am only interested in starting the job and already wanting to going away

If not, I was thinking of bringing up the subject on my first day, but I don't really know how to approach the topic? and what attitude to have?
I really need that time off (I just left my current job last week, so I didn't have any time off), plus my ticket/hotel/attraction tours have already been paid for.

All this makes me feel less excited about this new job/opportunity because I've been planning this trip for so long, etc..


PLEASE HELP!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:54 AM
 
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Address this issue before you start - it is normal and customary to take previously planned vacation soon after you start. Keep after the HR person and cc the hiring manager if you have their email.

There is nothing wrong with taking vacation soon after you start. Negative feelings can arise if your manager feels you were not upfront about it - so definitely get this worked out before you start. It will seem like an afterthought ( i.e. you didn't give enough warning ) if you bring this up when you start - even if it is because the HR person did not follow through.

Good Luck
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:56 AM
 
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If it is already paid for, I think you should mention that fact to your boss and tell them you need an answer ASAP because you need to see how much of your money you can get back.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Address this issue before you start - it is normal and customary to take previously planned vacation soon after you start. Keep after the HR person and cc the hiring manager if you have their email.

There is nothing wrong with taking vacation soon after you start. Negative feelings can arise if your manager feels you were not upfront about it - so definitely get this worked out before you start. It will seem like an afterthought ( i.e. you didn't give enough warning ) if you bring this up when you start - even if it is because the HR person did not follow through.

Good Luck
I disagree with the bolded statements but, nonetheless, you should really have addressed this again as soon as you received the job offer. It's more than likely that it simply slipped the HR representative's mind. Can the dates be changed so you can go later on in the summer? I have suggestions for an immediate email to the HR rep but what it says is dependent on whether or not you can change those plans and, if so, how flexible you are with dates.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Employers hate it when they offer you a job and the first thing you do is ask for time off.

Priorities
A vacation or a job.


Most places will not allow a new employee to take vacation time until you put in a year of service.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Most places will not allow a new employee to take vacation time until you put in a year of service.
Really? I'm glad I never worked for a place like that.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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This should have been brought up by you with BOTH H/R and your boss BEFORE accepting the offer. Hopefully, it can be resolved to the satisfaction of all, but if not, you will have to decide what matters most to you, as snofarmer stated.

I would certain not take any time off in the first several months of employment. It sets a bad tone, and does leave a distasteful first impression.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Really? I'm glad I never worked for a place like that.
That's actually pretty standard where paid vacations are concerned but what many companies DO allow is for unpaid time off if a vacation has already been set prior to hire. Obviously this is something that has to be discussed up front but most employers will work something out as long as it's reasonable.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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They are ways around this, see if you can work extra hours during the day or weekends. That should earn you some comp time to start earning the hours needed for time off
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: property tax hell
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Employers hate it when they offer you a job and the first thing you do is ask for time off.

Priorities
A vacation or a job.


Most places will not allow a new employee to take vacation time until you put in a year of service.
I'm sure there are those that do.... but to make a general statement like that is off base. I've never had an issue taking vacation within week/days after my start. The main thing is communications. Letting them know of your plans before you accept. This allows you to be up front (and making sure things are okay), as well as understanding the policy on how those days can be treated - some will allow you to go negative on your vacations, others will just have you take unpaid leave, and there's always the chance that they won't let you go (which then will leave you with the decision on whether or not to take the job).

For the OP, its water under the bridge at this point - but it should have been discussed and dealt with before you accepted. At this point, I would make sure you get a clear answer before you actually start.
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