Q: I volunteered months ago for a project to be presented at our annual conference some months from now.
In the meantime, I've started to look for a new job. If I leave before the conference, the project will be in shambles.
What is my obligation to my current employer? Should I ask a future employer to let me attend the conference? (There would be no conflict of interest.)
A: This is why having a single person assigned to a vital project is a bad idea: A falling piano or bad sushi could just as easily prevent you from attending that conference as a new job offer. Let your boss know you'd like another volunteer to help you with preparations. That way, if a job offer comes through, you'll have a pinch hitter ready.
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