Hi @vorpalette: here is what I’ve always done in the past… no matter the job.
Write up a Letter of Resignation… this will serve as you giving official notice in writing of your plans to “terminate” your working contract with your Employer.
You can find good examples of how to write such a letter on line.
The key thing is to say in it how much you have enjoyed working there (even if it isn’t 100% true) as you never know when you’ll need that Company or that Boss for a Reference down the road later in life.
Next you make an apointment to see your Boss… You go into talk in person, and tell him or her your plans now are to move on. Your reasons are technically “your own”.. but if you care to share “tastefully” you may do so.
“I’m sorry to leave, but the Mr & I are going to be moving out of State”
“I will be finishing up at the end of the month, and going back to school full time as I’ve been acepted into the XYZ Program at ABC College”
“I have accepted another job offer and will be leaving on XYZ Day”
You do not have to mention WHO “the competition” is who has scooped you up, that really isn’t relative. But do be prepared with what you plan to answer should your employer ask…
And “I’d rather not say” is a perfectly acceptable answer BTW
After you tell your Boss, they’ll decide what you need to do next. Some places will indeed hand you a form to fill out, others send you off to HR, others wish you well and send you back to your Job maybe with instructions on who to brief on what you’ve been doing over the days before you leave. And still others may surprise you, and say…
“OK then… take the rest of the morning / afternoon to get your stuff together and you can leave now”… which usually means you’ll be paid for the full 2 weeks notice that you gave them out of courtesy as a heads-up, but they don’t want you in the office (worthwhile to confirm the bit about being paid for your notice period… and another good reason to always keep a copy of the Resignation Letter you gave them for yourself incase you ever have to file for Unemployment Benefits from the Gov’t)
This latter situation doesn’t happen all that often, but it can in some jobs, especially so if you are involved with sensitive / secretive materials.
In my 30+ career, I’ve had all of the above scenarios happen. No big deal just how Buisness is conducted.
Hope this helps,