Get Out of Town
"Just found a great deal on an flash-sale, economy-minus seat to Moldavia," you breathlessly announce. "Please take care of my Great Pyrenees while I'm gone. They need to be wormed."
If you have a fixed date -- your sister's wedding, or your own -- Lynne Sarikas, the director of Northeastern University's MBA Career Center, advises that you come up with solutions for coverage.
The strategy here is to show your manager "that nothing will fall through the cracks." This is a good idea, though, in most cases, the only thing that falls through the cracks at your job is you.
It will take time and effort, but be prepared to show your manager that you are a responsible employee, and well aware of the unique skill set you bring to your job.
"Don't worry about my being away," you confidently tell your boss. "I've arranged for my work to be done by a trained orangutan."
The final piece of advice is tricky. "Pick a good day" when asking for vacation, suggests executive coach Kathi Elster. "Find a time when you know your boss would be in a good frame of mind."
This is a daunting proposition, but it's not impossible. Your boss may be a grouch of prodigious proportion, but there was one day when your manager was definitely in a good frame of mind.
It was the day before the company hired you.
Bob Goldman was an advertising executive at a Fortune 500 company, but he finally wised up and opened Bob Goldman Financial Planning in Sausalito, California. He now works out of Bellingham, Washington. He offers a virtual shoulder to cry on at email@example.com. To find out more about Bob Goldman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com