BLUF: how do you ask a potential new employer if their job posting represents a time sucking >40hr/week job?
The long version: I love my current job very much--it is absolutely wonderful, and I get to do amazing things.
It has always been a greater than 40hr/week job, and this year it's gotten a lot worse. I have had several 80 hour weeks, where I was scheduled to be on-site and working from 7am to 10pm.
Some of this is related to our budget--we expect a 18% budget cut this year, with more to come, so I'm loosing employees right and left--and some to the structure of my job. I have discussed with my boss that I think it's really a 2 (or 3!) person job, and she agrees. Of course, we can't change anything for 3 years, at best, given the budget situation.
So....it will break my heart to leave, but I am simply not capable of working like this. I'm not 20 anymore, and I need my naps!
I have found several really interesting jobs that I might apply for, but I really can't figure out a way to call and ask them if their job will also work me into the ground.
I don't mind working over 40hrs/week--I just can't do it at this amount, consistently, year round. And I can't think of a way to say that on the phone or in an interview that won't make me sound like a slacker.