Saturday, February 26, 2011
I am applying for a job. It is part time, pays well, and I'd be working somewhere between 9a-6p (not sure exactly). I was actually hired for this position when I was 17, but I was too young and was not (legally) able to operate a microwave or handle knives (LOL) so they told me to come back in a few months. Long story short. Here I am. (Now 25.) If it matters, without being too specific, the job is basically doing food demo-ing (handing out samples, selling the products) for a local warehouse store. I have merchandising and demo experience via indepenent contracting, now, too, so without being cocky, I am definitely qualified for the job, and I think I have a fair shot at getting it. Here's the question(s).
Should I tell them about my vacation (Fri. May 13th to Sat. May 21st, then I need to drive friend to airport on Mon. the 23rd, so I probably couldn't work then, either) while interviewing, or wait until after I'm hired? I always go to a conference in mid-May each year (Fri-Sun, not a big deal by itself) and this year my sister, friend and I are all going to Washington, D.C. for about 4 nights starting the Tuesday after that. This is my only vacation in basically forever. For reference, it's not like I go jet-setting all the time, lol.
I feel like I should mention it, but I don't want to not get the job because I am going to be working for 2 and a half months and then gone for over a week, you know? But again, I don't want to look bad by mentioning it after I'm hired. I really do need the money from the job to pay for the trip, too.
What would/should I do? Tell them at interview, etc. or wait until hired to spill the beans? I'm still "young and stupid" (you know what I mean) regarding employment stuff to begin with, and I've been out of the workforce except for IC-ing for nearly 4 years to boot. Help!
Also, if this helps/makes things worse, I'm also a little hesitant about the job (any job) only because of the problems with my fibromyalgia and associated things. It's certainly not that I don't think I can do the job, but that literally I have dizzy spells where I can't get out of bed. NOT good for staying employed. In that sense, I'm not worried so much about losing the job (the fibro is why I've lost all my other jobs, except my last employer demoted me to a substitute instead, and I was technically "laid off" and collected unemployment, which was miraculously helpful) but having another smear/mar on my record when I apply for the next job. My past history is the only reason I can think that I may not get this job, too.
So, tell now or wait? Thanks! :)