How to give my 2 week's notice....

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  1. Alan Erceg

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    Well tomorrow is the day I will give my two weeks notice to my current employer, and this will be the first time that it will be at a "real" job so to say. I'm kinda torn on how to do it. I work for an insurance company. I mean I could just walk up to my supervisor and tell her tomorrow morning first thing, but I think that's kind of unprofessional. If I really wanted to be a dick I could just send an email saying Im leaving in two weeks..

    anyhow...I am wondering if anyone can give me any do's or dont's on how to do this. I like the people I work for, they dont have anything against me, nor do I against them. as I said before this will be my first time doing this at a job other than one that I would have worked at in highscool/college..

    Thanks in advance..

    Alan
     
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  3. Alan Erceg

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    Thanks for the links Steve.....


    I was not aware of putting it in writing, but I guess that would be the best way to do it. I think that they have an idea that it is coming, because I am assuming the job that I am going to contacted them for a reference of some kind.
     
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    I agree about doing it in writing, but you still have to deliver the notice and say a few words. Though I wouldn't do it first thing in the morning, there's no need to stress over what time of day you do it. Wait an hour after the day begins perhaps, and then get it over with.

    Unless your boss wants you gone, or expects you to leave, there really isn't a "good" time to get this news from your bosses perspective, which is why I wouldn't recommend stressing over when you do it.
     
  5. Alan Erceg

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    Carl,

    It's not that I am stressed about doing it. I guess Im just not good at telling peopld bad news or stuff they do not want to hear. I am curious to see what the reaction will be once I give my notice.
     
  6. Steve Tannehill

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    One other point...

    Do you *really* want to leave the job?

    If there is some chance you might want to stay, or that they might want to make a counter-offer that is interesting to you, you may want to have a sit-down talk with the boss and go over your concerns, and why you are coming to the conclusion that you want to leave your job.

    Maybe airing your concerns would affect the change you need to keep you in your job.

    If after you speak with your boss there is still no satisfaction, hand the letter over and be done with it, but keep in mind that the boss will keep it, and after two weeks (or maybe even that minute) you are gone.

    - Steve
     
  7. Alan Erceg

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    Steve,

    Yes I really want to leave this job. I highly highly doubt that they will counter-offer me anything near what I have been offered. I highly doubt there will be a counter offer period, its just the way it is. I plan to voice my concerns over what has caused me to look and want to leave, I don't know if it will fall on deaf ears or not, but I will feel better once I vent.

    I also understand that if they really want to they can fire me the mintue I give my notice, and if that happens, then what can I do about it. I can survive two weeks without a check, I have a nice enough cusion in the bank to cover myself..

    As I said earlier it will be interesting to see how this will all play out..
     
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    Unless they ask, I'd refrain from saying anything negative. You don't want to burn bridges, even if you think you don't need them. This is not the time to vent. This is the time to give your resignation and let them know you appreciate all they've done for you (even if you don't think it's much).

    Write up a letter and make two copies. Arrange a meeting with your boss to hand him/her the letter. Discuss when your last day will be, that you will train your replacement(s) if necessary, and that you want the transition to be as smooth as possible. Be upbeat and positive. If asked why you're leaving just say something brief, such as that you're leaving to further your career, or meet more challenging opportunities, etc. But don't dump on your boss and vent all your frustrations.

    After you've given your boss his/her copy, take the other copy to the HR office to be added to your permanent file.
     
  9. Alan Erceg

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    Leila,

    Venting was probably a poor choice of words. I did not mean it in the sense that I was going to "go off" on my boss or anything. There are a few things I would like to get off my chest, but as your said it will probably be better for me just to not say anything.
     
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    What Leila said...entirely.


    I doubt they can fire you, but they can escort you out the building and pay your final two weeks without your actually being on the job.

    - Steve
     
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    I agree with Leila, keep it positive and friendly. Tell them that you've been offered a better position and that's it. One point, many companies now tell the employee to clean out their desk and leave right then. This is done for security reasons, or so they say. If they do, most likely you'll get your two weeks pay. If this happens in your company, I would expect you'd know about it, but maybe not, so just be prepared. Either way, it's best to go with a smile on your face. Good luck.
     
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    Leila, that's no fun. Companies do not show the same courtesy when they are the one cutting the ties.

    Take a magic marker, write "I QUIT" on your ass, then moon your boss.
     
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    "Take this job and shove it, I ain't workin' here no more."
     
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    I love the letters, fictional or otherwise, where they BS through the resignation in the style of an evaluation from a superior. Wouldn't recommend it if you need the reference though.
     
  15. Alan Erceg

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    Well I am on my way into work, Ill let you guys/girls know how it goes once I get home tonight..
     
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    Remember to get your personal files (paper/electronic) and emails in order (i.e. delete or archive them and take them off-site) before you tender your resignation. Also, start taking personal effects home before telling your boss if you don't want your stuff scrutinized if they ask you to leave ASAP.
     
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    In Texas & other "work for hire" states, surely they can quite happily say they no longer need your services and it's at their discretion on paying the notice period?

    I handed in my two weeks' notice on Friday [​IMG]
     
  18. Jason L.

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    As Homer Simpson said to Apu, "You can take this job and....restaff it!"
     
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    I wonder if by any chance Alan has seen Half Baked, and would take Scarface's approach... [​IMG]
     
  20. Sam A

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    piss on boss' desk.
    call in sick, for 2 weeks.
    knock up boss' daughter.
    knock up boss' wife.
    smoke joint at desk.
    have receptionist announce your 2 weeks notice over intercom.
    email everyone in office but your boss.
    cake decoration.
    give current job as reference and make sure new job prospects call.
     

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