I work part time two days a week. I've been invited to a staff photoshoot taking place tomorrow, on a day I don't normally work. In most cases I'd go, but I've got another job lined up for January, so I'll probably be leaving soon. While the interview went great, I'll only be getting salary details and potentially signing the contract later this week, so it's not a done deal yet.

I don't think it would be right to go to the photoshoot and then put in my notice almost immediately after - those photos will be used on the website for the next year. And I don't want to reveal that I'm getting a new job before I've even signed a contract. Should I just make up an excuse not to go even though I'll risk my boss being upset with me?


Should I just make up an excuse not to go even though I'll risk my boss being upset with me?


You are making far too big a deal of this. Just go, be part of the photo shoot, then give your notice once the details of your new job are formally worked out.

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    It costs approx $0.05 to cut him from the library of photos. :) And group shots are always going to be outdated as soon as they're taken. – insidesin Dec 11 '17 at 5:09
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    Any decent photographer is likely to take a picture of the background just after getting the equipment setup and prior to assembling the group. This picture makes it trivial to "erase" people later. – NotMe Dec 11 '17 at 22:13
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    For maximum effect, give notice during the photo. ;) – sirjonsnow Dec 12 '17 at 13:46
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    In our office it's kind of a game to look at group photos from a year ago and see how many people are not there anymore. – Steve-O Dec 13 '17 at 16:05
  • Yeah, bittersweet symphony and all that :) – Steve-O Dec 13 '17 at 20:39

If you don't sign a contract, you don't have a new job. Go to the photoshoot. There are ways to deal with it later if required.

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This is the same as the other 2 answers but couldn't resist adding the photo :)

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    The second half looks completely different. – DonQuiKong Dec 11 '17 at 11:27
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    And yet it's the same picture - I suppose the airbrushing makes it look different – rath Dec 11 '17 at 11:43
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    Remember copying of photos was not a perfect process in the pre-digital era. So differences in the shading are to be expected. – Peter Green Dec 11 '17 at 14:13
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    sigh it was so much easier to make people disappear back in the day. – AffableAmbler Dec 11 '17 at 17:19
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    One hopes the company only uses the "edit them out of the photo" approach, as Stalin had more... active ways of responding to perceived disloyalty, too. 😜 – ceejayoz Dec 12 '17 at 17:32

so it's not a done deal yet

You answered your own question, it is not a done deal yet, therefore you continue to work this job as though the other will fall through. Which of course means you need to participate in the staff photo.

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    I agree with your overall point, but not with the "need to". There are other reasons one might not want to appear on a staff photo. – Lasse Meyer Dec 12 '17 at 12:31

Since the request if for time outside your normal schedule you should have no qualms about letting them know you cannot make it if it will have an impact on your new job.

However the others are correct in that you must work this job as well as possible until the next is signed and delivered, done and dusted.

In either case you should also consider that both jobs will require that you put the same time and care into the last two weeks as you did in the first two weeks.

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