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Is it stupid for me to apply for jobs while on medical leave?

I have been driving 75 miles to work one way. I like my job but hate the drive. I am on medical leave at this time because I had major abdominal surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago. It will be 3-5 weeks before I can work again. Because of the drive and long unusual hours I work, I don't have any family time. My husband and I both agree it would be best to quit. I want to apply for a couple of jobs in our area that are open right now. My husband thinks it is a stupid waste of time as I can't go to work for another month. It is hard to find jobs in my field in our area. I think I need to apply while there is an opening. Of course I have already quit and gone back to my current job once. I was gone a month to work closer, hated it and went back to my present job. My husband doesn't want me to work but with my medical bills and Christmas I think I need to.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:58 PM on Jan. 2, 2011 in Money & Work

Answers (10)
  • No.When it says date available put the date you'll be able to work again

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 8:59 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • It's not stupid. When filling out applications just put the date that you are available to start.

    Answer by worriedmommy600 at 9:00 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • If you are getting paid disability and you have insurance through your job, I would wait. If you do not go back to your job and they are paying you, you might wind up owing them money.

    Answer by layh41407 at 9:01 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • I agree...apply and put the date you'll be able to start, maybe if possible, put a little note as to why if you don't think it'll hurt your chances of getting hired (of course, they can't NOT hire you because of it). I assume that you'll at least be able to leave the house and drive yourself to an interview if called...if not, then I would say wait 'til you're a little closer to being able to go back.

    Answer by dlandrum at 9:04 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • Most people don't start til 2 weeks after they're hired anyway, and it wouldn't be immediately from now. A month sounds reasonable. Odds are you aren't going to go down tomorrow and get hired that day. Good luck.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 9:08 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • Lay, I have no benefits or disability pay from my current job.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 9:22 PM on Jan. 2, 2011

  • I think it's worth it to start looking for another job now. You want out so get out. Now's a great opportunity for you to look for alternative employment. You will have to tell potential employers that you can't start for another month-but it's been my experience that it usually takes a month to get hired and start working at another job anyway.

    Answer by Erica_Smerica at 12:36 AM on Jan. 3, 2011

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    Answer by mommy2joeynabby at 2:52 AM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • I'd wait because if they do find out you have been applying and they will they might fire you anyway. I'd be recovering right now if I were you.

    Answer by mollgirl at 5:27 AM on Jan. 3, 2011

  • Not at all!


    There are lots of great tips in the CafeMom Job Hunting Moms group:  



    Answer by rkoloms at 11:26 PM on Jan. 3, 2011

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