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I got an offer from a firm I like. Offer is good I’m happy. But have a question — Would it be ok to push back on the start date in the offer letter? I would liken to have a week or two between when I’d end at current firm and start at new firm. If this is ok, should I talk to them directly, or go through my recruiter?

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I literally just did this. It’s perfectly acceptable to say “hey can we push this back a week”. Any firm worth working for is going to want you to make sure you’ve wrapped things up at the old place before you start with them. Part of wrapping things up is also clearing your head and coming to them fresh… plus it’s a vacation they don’t have to pay you for 😂

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Thank you!!

100% okay to ask, and I would even encourage you to do it! Take time off!

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🥳🥳 Nice! I ended one job on a Saturday and started my next that Monday and I wholly regret it to this day. Both firms were slammmmed with work so I wanted to be as accommodating as possible. In hindsight I should have taken AT LEAST a week to recharge. Ideally two or three. Haven’t found a hole in the schedule to take a proper break yet.

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I took a month off. Sure my credit card bill ballooned up during that time but I traveled worry-free and it was such a refreshment. I guess travel may be a bit more difficult now, but def worth it.

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Yes! I started with a new Big Law firm in March. I was surprised how much I was encouraged by the hiring partners to take some time in between firms. I think the rationale is that they don’t want a burnt out attorney

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Yes perfectly fine. Just tell HR or whoever sent you the contract. Could do it through your recruiter but better direct IMO. I have done this the both times I moved. Having the time off between jobs is so good because you have no work responsibilities at the back of your mind, enjoy that time!

I did as well. Had my recruiter communicate it to their recruiting department, and it worked out fine.

Oh def do that. I’d go direct though. No one will care if you take a minute to enjoy yourself. Take two weeks at least!

I wish I had done this. I took a week but moved like 200 miles during that week so I had no downtime. Take some time! You don't get the chance to very often!

You should absolutely ask! I would talk it through with your recruiter first (they may have insights on the process) but let them know you need it, and it can go well on either channel, but DO advocate for yourself. A job started fresh is the best sort!

I am a partner at a big law firm, in practice for almost 40 years. Time off is important, even if some people don’t realize that. Take the time you need. A couple of weeks is reasonable; but I wouldn’t ask for more than that. Anything can wait for two weeks. I would simply explain that you haven’t had a vacation in a while (if true), and that you want to hit the ground running without planning any immediate time off in your new job (i.e., for the first six months). If the new firm can’t accommodate you, they are either unrealistic or assholes. Either way, it’s useful to know that now. One big caveat — my advice only applies for a request of up to two weeks. Any more than that and YOU’RE the one who’s being unrealistic.

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