Post # 1
I’ve recently decided that a new city was a good idea for me. I love being near my family but I’m 24 and need to explore and try things for myself. I started looking in a near by city, about 2 hours from my fam, and I found several jobs in my field that had openings. I applied to 3 jobs this past weekend and just got an email back today about one. I called and had a brief phone interview with them and the lady wants to set up a meeting, face to face, for next week! I’m beyond excited! This would be a great job for me since I already know the industry pretty well and have several friends in the area. My question is, if I am offered the job, how do I tell my current employer? They’ve stuck by me through school and just recently moved me into a new position. I didn’t get a raise or anything but it’s way more responsibility. I know that the appropriate time is 2 weeks notice but how do I say it? Do I say it in person or in a letter or what? I’m so nervous 🙁 Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I believe you need to write an official letter of resignation for personnel purposes. I also think you should tell your boss/superiors in person. At my workplace you also have to have exit interviews.
Just be honest about your reason for leaving.
Post # 4
Ask your immediate supervisor for a few minutes of their time, and tell them that you’ve been offered an awesome new role in a city you’re really excited to live in. Thank them for their mentorship and support, and tell them that the new company would like you to start on X date so you’re giving your notice.
Do not had this conversation until your signed an offer letter and been given a start date. Be prepared for a counter offer, too!
Post # 5
@pec1216: It sounds like a good move for you–I did the same thing when I was 22 and I’m so glad I did.
I would not say anything to your current employer until it’s absolutely a done deal and you’ve formally accepted a new job. When I left my last position, I spoke to my immediate supervisor first and just let him know that we were moving so I would have to leave my position. He helped me figure out the next steps, like writing my official letter of resignation and taking care of the details. Most employers have some kind of protocol for employees resigning.
2 weeks is a nice amount of time for common courtesy, but if you need less you could probably let them know. Try not to feel too guilty or nervous about it–you have to do what’s best for you. I try to frame it more about the circumstances (I was ready to move to a new city, etc) than about the job itself.
Post # 6
Tell them in person first.
Ask for a few minutes of your boss’s time.
If you boss has an open door policy then just stop by after you hear.
Let them know that you have really enjoyed your time working there, but a better opportunity has presented itself and you are taking it. Let them know you are giving them your 2 weeks notice and your last day will be x.
You don’t really have to tell them anything other than you are giving your 2 weeks if you don’t want to, but you can thank them for what they have done if you feel like it.
After you have verbally done that, it’s probably a good idea to e-mail your supervisor and say, “Per our conversation, I am leaving x company and my last day of employment will be x.” So everything is on record.
Post # 7
I have actually done both in the past and that seems to work out best. Write out a brief but thoughtful letter stating that you are putting in your two weeks notice, what your final day will be with the company, and thanking them for your time there. If you need help there are plenty of very helpful templates on resignation letters online.
Then bring this with you when you go to have the face to face talk with your manager. Give it to him or her and then describe why you are leaving etc. It may seem like overkill to have a talk and letter but most companies I have worked for require some sort of written documentation that you want to leave the company, not just verbal. Hope all goes well and you enjoy the new job!
Post # 8
The Hive helped me critique my letter of resignation a few months ago when I changed jobs (http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-please-critique-my-letter-of-resignation). Maybe it could help as an example.
I stopped by my boss’ office (open door policy) and asked if I could speak for her for a minute. I told her about my new opportunity and that I was giving notice and my last day would be X. I also noted that I enjoyed working there and had appreciated her support. At that point, I handed her the paper copy of my letter of resignation.