Currently work at a big NY firm, but I want to move to LA. Scheduled four interviews for next week. Problem is: The case I’m working on just heated up. Don’t think partner will be too thrilled about me calling in sick, or whatever. Should I tell him I want to move to LA? That I have interviews scheduled? Or should I reschedule the LA interviews for a time when I’m not busy? I want to be respectful of my current employer, but I don’t want to blow off these interviews either. Please advise.
Unless your presence is critical to the pending matter, invent an excuse and get the hell out to LA for your interviews. As you know, the job market sucks right now. So, if you have an interview for an intriguing job in the city of your dreams, you have no choice but to pursue it. I respect your desire to be respectful, but if you’re too respectful, you’ll never leave the office and never get a new job. As for valid “fake”excuses, a few of my favorites are “I’m the maid of honor in my cousin’s wedding” and “My sister’s throwing my father a surprise 60th birthday party.” But perhaps the best excuse of all is the truth. “Sorry, I need to go to LA next week for personal reasons.” And just leave it at that.
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