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#11 1elephant

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    Posted 23 June 2008 - 12:50 PM

    Originally Posted by plumsugar
    Update: Because I need to vent out these emotions!

    After a few days of anxiously waiting for a solid reply from my boss, I got declined for a raise and more hours. This really upset me, but was ok because during that wait I decided (with help from you ladies!) that it was time for a change anyway. The crazy part… I already got called for two interviews!!! OMG…I only had my resume exposed for one week and I am so not prepared for things to go this fast!!!

    Tomorrow morning is at a realty company’s corporate office for an Exec-Assist position and Friday is a phone interview for a Senior Admin-Assist position at a Financial/Retirement company which just happens to be in the 80’s of the Fortune 500 list lolol!!! I feel so blessed for even getting call backs, but I’m incredibly nervous that my first two interviews are with huge players like this!!!

    I feel like I’m going to die from excitement!!! I dont even know what excuse im going to give to miss work for a few hours tommorow (at least Friday will be on my lunch break - of which i never take so somethings going to look suspect lmao lmao) Wish me much luck that I don’t stammer or stutter or even freeze this week…I don’t even remember what an interview is like lololol!
    if i were in your shoes, i would flat out tell him that i'm interviewing. don't specifically say that you have an interview on such and such day at whatever time, but at least put the bug in his head so it's not such a shock when you give your two weeks. also, tell him that if he advertises for someone new, you'll help train the newbie.
    i'm sure you already know this, but after each interview, send a thank you card. handwritten is nice, but an email is ok too. just a reminder, as my sil recently went on interviews and never sent thank yous...and subsequently, wasn't offered any jobs - whether there's a direct correlation, idk, but not worth finding out the hard way!
    good luck!

    #12 kevsgirl

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      Posted 23 June 2008 - 12:55 PM

      Good for you! Good luck!

      If he asks, be straightforward. That's my only issue - if you don't ask clearly, you won't get a clear answer. I don't think it sounds as though he really understands what you want. I think it sounds like you presented yourself to him as someone who needs a bit of extra money, not either a huge raise or a whole new position.

      Since he's not willing, if he asks, I'd be straightforward and say: I'm applying for other jobs because I feel as though I've got to take some new opportunities and expand my horizons. But I'd be happy to train my replacement and I want to stay in touch." Or whatever (if you want to on a personal level stay in touch).

      I think it's great that you're moving on. It sounds like it was high time!

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