There are lots of excuses for missing work - real ones, when you or a family member are sick, or your car really does break down and not-so-real ones, for when you were out too late last night and can't drag yourself out of bed or you need to take time off for a job interview.
Some excuses work and some don't. About.com's Guide to Management, John Reh, has a list of the many interesting, and sometimes amusing, excuses employees give for being late for work. If you've heard (or given) one, add it to the list of excuses for missing work.
When it comes to missing work for a job interview, I recommend job seekers try to schedule interviews early or late in the day, or at lunch time. Another alternative, if you can schedule a couple of interviews on one day, is taking a vacation day.
Sometimes though, especially if you're actively interviewing, you can run out of excuses. Site visitors have shared lots of more creative ideas for taking time off to interview or to otherwise miss work.
Here are excuses to use when you need to miss work and you don't have a legitimate excuse to to give your boss. If you have a good excuse for taking time off for an interview, add it to our collection of interview excuses.
From the perspective of job searching and handling work the right way, About.com Guide to Career Planning, Dawn Rosenberg McKay has advice on how to job search while you're employed. Dawn also has some good related information on what you can do at work which could get you fired.
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