How to ask your new boss for time off before starting the job

 


I want a break before I start my next job. Can I negotiate that, and if so, how should I phrase the request?

Lisa Morris

Director,

Hays

Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to negotiate your start date, provided you are realistic in your expectations. As a new starter, you might feel pressure to begin immediately once you’ve been offered a role. But it’s important that you are truly ready before you immerse yourself in a new job. If you’re worn out from your previous role or your job search, for instance, it’s a good idea to take some time to rest so you can begin your new role with enthusiasm. If the hiring team is desperate to bring someone on as soon as possible, the start date would be raised during the interview process. Even if the preference is to have you start sooner rather than later, most hiring managers would prefer to wait for a little to secure the right candidate. Before you approach the topic with your new or prospective employer, determine first how much time you want before you start. In general, one week is considered a normal break between jobs. Then, suggest your preferred start date. If you feel comfortable doing so, share why you want the extra time. Most employers are flexible, and by giving an exact date to work with, they will likely be more inclined to agree to the time you’re after.

Lisa Morris says time off between jobs is good way to rejuvenate and be ready to start the new role with enthusiasm.

Lisa Morris says time off between jobs is good way to rejuvenate and be ready to start the new role with enthusiasm.Source:News Corp Australia

Megan Nicholson

Megan Nicholson says employers always appreciate honesty from candidates.

Megan Nicholson says employers always appreciate honesty from candidates.Source:Supplied

Andrew Sullivan

Managing director,

Sullivan Consulting

A break between jobs can be a great idea. It lets you prepare yourself for the next opportunity while allowing time to tie up any lingering loose ends with your previous workplace. The simplest way to create yourself a break is to tell your new employer that you’re only able to start working from a certain date, which includes a break period. Most positions require a period of notice before the resignation, so if you include one or two weeks after this notice period that becomes the date you will be available at your next job.

Andrew Sullivan says a break can help ensure all loose ends from the previous role are tied up before embarking on the new one.

Andrew Sullivan says a break can help ensure all loose ends from the previous role are tied up before embarking on the new one.Source:News Corp Australia

Alexandra Rosser

Head of Organisational Psychology Consulting,

Stillwell Management Consultants

It is common for candidates to negotiate a break in between jobs. However, before you do, reflect on whether during the recruitment process your new employer has communicated to you their needs or expectations around your commencement date. For example, they may wish to have a handover period with an outgoing employee or have highlighted an existing or impending project for which they need you immediately. In this case, your request may be less feasible, or we recommend being prepared to show a degree of flexibility. If no such need has been expressed, when they make you the offer and commence start date discussions, specify an exact date that encompasses your notice period at your current job plus the amount of time you want between jobs. If an explanation is sought, be truthful and specify that you need to serve your notice period, plus you would like some time to travel/move house/attend to some existing obligations/recharge the batteries, etc.

Alexandra Rosser advises jobseekers to keep the employer’s needs in mind and be flexible if required.

Alexandra Rosser advises jobseekers to keep the employer’s needs in mind and be flexible if required.Source:News Corp Australia

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Originally published asThe trick to negotiating time off

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