(Closed) How to give notice at job

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Agree with PPs, especially chancehere & ohmybears48. Say as little as possible — Just get out the essential information & then stop talking (or writing).

Post # 19
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561 posts
Busy bee

@SummerGirl21: 

dont give the honest reason that you hate it there. no one who is stuck working there wants to hear all the reasons it sucks. itll make them hate their life even more and theyll prob take it out on you.

keep it professional and dont burn the bridge. you want to be able to keep them as a reference for new jobs or for grad school.

submit a VERY short letter and submit it in person.

“this letter serves as my two weeks notice at ABC Company. my final day will be friday, april 6. i am very thankful for the opportunities ive had during my time here.”

the shorter the better. dont put in writing where you’re going. if youre comfortable saying it in person thats fine. ive had employers ask where im going (i work in social services and there’s tons of turnover) and i say the population not the company– “to work with kids.”

try to do it in on a thursday.

p.s. a number of companies say they dont do official references but ive had my bosses leave the companies and theyve been able to be my reference. or we keep in touch and im able to give out their personal cell. dont burn bridges!

Post # 21
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561 posts
Busy bee

do not tell the real reason. just tell her the other place is paying you more. everyone understands money. who cares if people gossip? theyre probably just jealous you’re leaving and going to a new opportunity.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@SummerGirl21:  They may suspect your reasons, but you should never say or do anything to confirm their suspicions. If they press you for a reason, just tell them that you found a position that is a better fit for your career goals, but you enjoyed your time at that company. People will notice whether you conduct yourself professionally

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@SummerGirl21:  So what if they gossip? You’re leaving. They’re not. Be a professional, write the letter, and if anyone asks why you are leaving after five months, you can honestly tell them that the new job appealed to you more. I have seen people leave jobs after a week or two, so 5 months is understandable, especially if you are younger.

Post # 24
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650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am struggling with the same thing, OP!

In a few months I may have to leave in order to go back to school and I am hoping that when I give notice it is not a big deal.

I say just tell them you were offered something that fits your career goals and thank you for the experience/opportunity. Let people gossip, just never, ever say that you are leaving because you dont like it. It will be fine. Since they dont give references anyway, just dont burn the bridge and be comforted by the fact that once it is over, you dont have to deal with them ever again!

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