Post # 1
Bees — I swear I may start my own business just so I never have to resign from a job again. I have to give my two weeks today and I’m flipping out. It’s not my first time, it won’t be my last, but I swear it doesn’t get easier. I didn’t sleep all last night. My stomach feels like it’s going to fall out my butt. And I keep postponing when I’m going to do it (the woman who sits outside her office is a walking gossip columnist for the office, so I’m trying to time it when she’s not there. Last time I handed in my two weeks, I started crying, my goal is to avoid that this time.
Any stories of your resigning, words of encouragement, or random thoughts are always greatly appreciated.
Post # 2
beeintraining: Interesting, I have a totally different experience with giving 2 weeks notices. I get nervous, but it’s mostly excitedness and giddyness…. Maybe it’s because I’ve really only ever quit jobs like part time retail jobs that I hated.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton
beeintraining: Good luck! I hate giving notice too – even when I know I’m making the right move for myself, it is really hard for me to do. I’ve never cried, but I’ve gotten close.
For my first job out of college, my manager was incredible. We set up a meeting and I was having trouble getting the words out, so she said it for me (“you’re leaving?”) and walked me through it. I’ve never forgotten and I know if I’m ever the manager in the situation I’ll do the same thing – I don’t know what I would’ve done if she hadn’t helped me along.
I hope it goes well today – fingers crossed for you! You’ll feel so much better after you’re done, but I know how rough the feelings leading up to it and the actual conversation is.
Post # 4
Miss Milk Cow: Thank you! I am excited. I am going on to bigger or better things. And I know I’m going to sound like Kermit the Frog having a seizure when I try to find the words in a few hours.
Post # 5
beeintraining: Why not draft a resignation letter and keep your talking to a minimum? Why do you expect to have to do this more often in the future?
Also jot down some nots on a sticky, and go over them just prior to walking in so they’re fresh on your mind. Ie: “Thank you for the opportunity it’s been a wonderful learning experience”.. etc.
Keep it short and sweet.
Post # 6
BellaDee: Thanks for the advice! I have a letter all printed out and signed. And it’ll only be happening in the future because I’m 26 and this next job will in all likelyhood, not be my last.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
beeintraining: Take the letter and go see them ASAP. Get it done just like ripping a Band-Aid off. “Hi Ms. So-and-so, I just wanted to give you my resignation letter. My last day will be X. I have enjoyed working with you.” Have something scheduled for right after the meeting so you can dip out quickly to take care fo a work related issue.
I had to give 4 weeks notice at my last job so at least you will only have the potential of 2 awkward weeks before leaving.
Post # 8
beeintraining: I can absolutely relate. I pretty much cry every time I resign a job. I’ve only resigned 2 or 3 times, but I bawl every time. Its mostly because I will miss co-workers and I’m kind of afraid of the unknown, but it’s so embarassing. I also feel like I’m letting people down when I leave a job. I know its all part of life, but its still tough. Good luck and try to go in thinking happy thoughts of bigger and better things. Congrats on your new job!
Post # 9
beeintraining: Did you do it? I can’t totally relate b/c I’m anticipating a job offer right now and I feel sooo guilty thinking about resigning!
But really, don’t get too worked up about it. I’m in HR so I see people resign all the time. No realistic manager expects you to stick around forever. Hopefully they’ll be happy for you.
Post # 10
Following this thread because I’m handing in my notice this week and I’m so nervous about it!
It’s an unavoidable situation–moving 6 hours away with my FI–but I just can’t help getting worked up. I’m giving my employer a month’s notice and I’m offering my time to find them a suitable replacement and train them personally if they don’t show me the door right away.
Just tell yourself what I’m trying to tell myself; it’s for the better because it’s for you.
Post # 11
Hope it went well! I gave two week notice on Friday at my job and I can’t say that it hasn’t been uncomfortable since. Counting down…
Post # 12
Omg I understand you completely… I gotta give my 2 weeks during the summer and I’m freaking out aha… I’m going back to school for my masters most probably 😡 GOOD LUCK you will survive those 2 minutes!!!! I think we always see it worse than it is, but bosses are used to getting those notices. They cope better than we think!!
Post # 14
beeintraining: I went through this just last week…. it’s NEVER easy, I completely agree. Something happened that I did NOT expect when I gave my notice last week – my company practically begged me to stay, and matched the salary I’m getting to leave. It was so tempting to just accept and decline my other offer, because I am comfortable and LOVE the people here. However, I know that I can’t advance my career here, and so I stuck to my decision to leave. I will admit I did spend the day crying on Friday when I was telling people I am leaving tho…
Post # 15
beeintraining: I have great respect for employees who give notice…I had a great-grandmother quit on me….VIA TEXT MESSAGE!
Post # 13
cbgg: I did do it! It was (as per usual) much less horrible than I thought it was going to be. Her inital reaction was ‘frick (didn’t say frick), I have to learn how to tweet!’ because I work in social media, and she’s director of marketing and communications. But otherwise she was super understanding that it was a much better opportunity and wished me the best of luck and offered to serve as a reference in the future.
Thanks for all the words of encouragement bees!