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Days off for working interviews

I’m currently looking for a new job but I don’t want to raise any red flags by taking random days off for interviews. The problem I’m running into is when an office is looking to fill a vacancy they are looking for someone NOW. I previously didn’t get a job because it was a week and a half before I could come in for a working interview and in the meantime they hired someone who could start sooner. I recently interviewed at a nice office and they want me do to a full day working interview instead of a half day (which I could do the half day sooner). I’m worried because if I take too many days off I will raise red flags at my current job which I NEVER take days off. I can’t take days off to interview/ working interview and then not get the job. However, I don’t want to be passed up again by someone who will say “screw my current job, I’ll start right away.”

I do not get any paid time off (vacay or holidays) at my current job. I’m really stressed out but I’m too scared to quit my job without another lined up. I feel if I start taking days off (I’m expected to never call in unless I’m deathly ill) I will get fired.

Catch 22: If I say I can start ASAP I wont be thought of as loyal or responsible but if I cant start ASAP they will hire someone else.



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This is a tough situation to be in and you’ve identified a catch 22 that many hygienists face when they are looking for a new job. When scheduling a working interview it’s a tough balance to be available for the working interview while not dropping the ball on your current job.
 
Here’s my advice: when scheduling a working interview, obviously try to do it on a day where you don’t have to work at your current job. Let the new office know the predicament you’re in and most will understand. If they don’t understand, that might tell you something about the office and may be a red flag for working there in the future. That said, it’s not always an option to do the working interview on a normal day off from your current job. If this is the case, it’s important to not just call in sick the morning you are supposed to come in. My recommendation is to tell your current office that you need to take a day off for personal reasons and just leave it at that. Your current job might not be too happy with that, but I imagine there’s a reason you want to leave, so ultimately you need to do what’s right for you.
 
Regarding when to start, I would again talk to the new office. Let them know your situation and that you don’t want want to be unprofessional and just leave your current job high and dry. Again, most offices should understand this. If they don’t, that is probably a red flag.
 
It’s a tough situation to be in, but no matter what happens you need to do what is right for you because ultimately your career is your responsibility. Nobody will look after you the way you can look after yourself. I wish you the very best of luck!

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