I am in a bit of a pickle. I have been looking for a new job for almost 2 months. I will be leaving the country for 2 weeks on vacation, March 1st-15th. My plan was to line up a job, give resignation notice such that my final day is February 28th, go have a blast in Europe, and then return home to relocate to my new job. There are many points in play here that inform and/or complicate the situation:
- I have not yet received an offer for a new job.
- I have not notified my boss of my vacation plans.
- I only have 4 days of PTO.
- I am able dip into negative PTO (they will just deduct any balance from my final paycheck).
- My boss will be on vacation February 10th-20th. I don't want to ruin his vacation.
- I will need to use at least 1 of my PTO days for a final job interview.
- I cannot extend my resignation period by using PTO, or I cannot use PTO during my 2 weeks notice period (I will look at the exact wording of this policy tomorrow).
- I have worked here for 2.5 years and I have a great relationship with my manager.
I have come up with three options. The first two are risky because I would be giving a resignation notice without having a job offer. In the third, I avoid giving notice, but my behavior may give it away anyways!
Leave and Cleave
Notify my boss on February 9th that my last day will be February 28th.
Divide and Conquer
Notify my boss on February 20th that my last day will be March 22nd (do the math: 1 week, vacation, 1 week). My boss gets to enjoy his vacation, and I mine; I might even have a job offer by this point! This could optionally be extended to the end of March.
Notify my boss ASAP that I am going on vacation. This option kind of hinders my ability to take yet another vacation day between now and March 1st for an interview. I may even end up tipping my hand. Even 30 days is not much notice for a 2 week vacation, and to add to that I might be putting in a resignation notice shortly after I get back. This one kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Which of these options is the most logical? Are there other options that I haven't considered? I am aware that this could be seen as opinion-based, but I would really appreciate some other ideas and input. I have to say, writing this out as a question has already helped me a great deal. Being forced to describe the situation caused me to formulate my thoughts into some actually cohesive, tangible options.
I'm sorry if you consider this a duplicate. I have seen similar questions on here, but none that I felt described my same situation enough.