About a year ago I got my first job as an attorney after graduating from law school. After giving it a lot of thought over the past few months, I've decided to look for a different job for several reasons: my current position has no health insurance or benefits, I don't like the town I'm living in, my salary is on the lower end of the spectrum, the case load is ridiculous (730 open cases for three attorneys), and divorce and child custody battles are not very enjoyable.
Although it's nice to not have the same urgency of bills piling up and no way to pay them like the last time I was looking for a job, I'm concerned about the ins and outs of looking for a job while already employed. What , if anything, should I tell my bosses? One of the good thing about my current job is that my current bosses are very nice to work for. I hate the idea of sneaking around behind their backs.
Furthermore, I just e-mailed out my resume earlier this evening, and I've already gotten a call asking me to come to an interview in a town two and a half hours away tomorrow. Even if I should be forthcoming with my employers about looking for a new job, I can't picture walking in tomorrow morning and saying "Oh Lee and Steve, I've decided to look for another job and I need this afternoon off to go to an interview. OK, thanks, bye."
I of course called my mom for her advice (old habit) and she suggests I call in sick tomorrow. I would feel a little guilty about lying, but if I'm honest about why I need the afternoon off, I run the risk of my bosses telling me that I can't have the afternoon off and an unpleasant confrontation about my leaving. (They can't make me stay, I'm at-will, not on contract. Of course that means they could fire me for sneezing loudly as well.)
At the same time I don't want to miss the interview tomorrow in this economy, especially since it is a job with the state government, which comes with a very nice health insurance package (which is one of the reasons I'm looking for a new position in the first place.)
Sorry for rambling on. Does anyone have any ideas or experience for this situation?