New to Your Job? Wait a While Before You Take an Immediate Vacation


By Vicki Salemi Comment

beachHere’s the kicker about starting a new job during the summer or whenever there’s an upcoming vacation.

For starters, it looks bad if you take time off immediately after you start unless you alert the interviewers to the fact that you have a trip already planned like the wedding of your best friend from college.

And yes, you will likely be taking vacation at some point but you don’t need to wait a really long time after you’ve started working.

Per a piece on Business Insider, it all depends on your role, the employer and your industry. If it’s busy season, be tactful and definitely don’t try to plan a vacation during that time.

Overall, a good rule of thumb involves waiting three months. During the initial months you’ll be assimilating and growing into your new position. Plus, during this time you want to demonstrate “your commitment and value to the company,” so says the piece.

Then there’s the issue of accrued vacation time. If you’d like to take off a week or more, can you go negative with your time? Ask your colleagues in a casual setting about the company’s culture as it relates to time off and then talk with your boss about the best timing to be absent from work.