(Closed) Possible new job…but I have a question for those of you who’ve left other jobs

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2406 posts
Buzzing bee

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
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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.

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