Post # 1
I’m so torn right now and really need some advice… my best friend is out of town, my boyfriend told me to follow my heart and I’m just confused! I think I need some outside advice.
I just got an amazing job offer yesterday, which I have accepted but I’m having some issues with the start date.
The new company wants me to start December 10. That would mean only giving one week notice at my current job. I have been here for 1.5 years and technically only have to give one week notice, but I feel horrible doing so. I asked the new company if I could start December 17 and they said due to being closed over the holidays and certain cut off dates, they would prefer January 2. I’m currently part of a project team, which is going until December 21.
So I’m between December 10 and January 2. The industry that I’m in is very small and HR within the industry is even smaller… I’m worried that if I give one week notice I know I will be leaving on bad terms and I don’t want to create a negative name for myself. However, I know the new company really wants me December 10. She said she understands my commitment to my current job and would love for me to start December 10 but does respect my position.
I’m off tomorrow (my company is closed) so if I decide to go with December 10 I need to give my notice right now.
Opinions? Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Go with Jan 2 and work a longer notice.
Post # 4
I their anyway you can sort of work one more full week and then a half week in your current jobs so that you can start the paperwork process in you new job half time too?
Post # 5
If the new company doesn’t have an issue with the Jan 2 start date, I think that’s the easy solution…
Post # 6
if I were you I would honor my commitments and start the new job on the 2nd. You never want to burn bridges!!
Post # 7
One week’s notice isn’t much, especially if you’re in the middle of a project that’s ending soon! I think it’s always better to leave on a good note. I’d go with the Jan. 2nd start date. You never know when you’ll need a reference or a connection from your old employer!
Post # 8
@givemecouture: If I were your new employer I would respect you more if you started at the later date to give a longer notice at your current job. It’s never a good idea to burn professional bridges. I’ve given as long as a month’s notice in the past and was respected by both sides for it.
Post # 9
I would go with January 2. New employer seems fine with it, and it’s more respectful to your current employer. Finish the year with your old one. Enjoy the holiday, and start the new year with a new job!
Post # 10
Definitely go with January 2nd. The other option to explore would be if you have a week’s worth of PTO at your current job, would be to physically be at your job until December 7th, then “on PTO” for the last week but actually starting on December 10th with the new position. If your boss/HR will let you do that, it’s an option.
Post # 11
I think it depends on how much you want the new job, honestly. We’re in a similar situation in my current job, and they really want the person to start on an earlier date because there’s always a chance the spot won’t be there come January, but if it’s filled before that, it won’t get cut (damn budgets!).
I wouldn’t give less than 2 weeks notice to a job/company I’d likely return to at any point in the future. On the other hand, you could go to give your notice, tell your current employer they’d like you to start on December 10, but you understand if they’d like you for the full 2 weeks before the holidays and can make the new job start after the holidays.
Post # 12
One week is not much notice to leave a position, I would go with the January 2 date since they gave you a choice. They will respect you more if you give a longer notice to your present employer. It’s more professional and mature.
Post # 13
Thanks ladies! You are all amazing 🙂
Another thing to add… my dad is pretty high up at my current company and I want to make sure I leave on good terms for his sake. We’re not in the same department at all but I still don’t want to put him in a negative light.
Post # 14
I had a VERY similar situation happen to me. My new job called 11/21/12 (day before Thanksgiving and offered me the job)…so I accepted. However, I was off 11/21-11/26 (returned to wk on 11/26) and so was my boss. They told me they wanted me to start on 12/10 as well. I felt like it wasnt enough notice as when I came back and gave notice it would start as day one.
Its a hard decision to make. Have you verified they will wait unti 1/2/13 for you or is it a MUST that you start 12/10/12?
Post # 15
@ChelleNBlake: yes, they said they are ok with Jan 2 and respect my decision to start later
Post # 16
Definitely go with the Jan 2 date!