Post # 1
Ugh, bees, I need some advice! I have to tell my boss by Friday that I am putting in my 2 week notice so I can start my new job Nov 1. I really, really don’t want to, but I know I have to put on my big girl panties and do it. I’ve been there for 5.5 years, and because its only her and her husband that I work with, we have gotten pretty close. They just got back from a 2 week vacation overseas, and I got a present (they always bring me small presents when they go away) and a $200 bonus check, since I was basicall alone for 2 weeks and really sick for 1 of them (I had help a couple of days out of those 2 weeks, but basically it was someone taking messages for me to call people back). One minute I can’t wait to tell her and move on, and the next I’m so worried and sad that I am going to leave her in a lurch if she can’t find someone to replace me in 2 weeks (I’m an insurance agent, so if she takes someone off the street with no experience, they have to go through classes and licensing before they are allowed to do any work). I’m also scared cuz the new job is commission only, and I have no idea when I will make my first paycheck. Somebody please help talk me throught this….
Post # 3
Congrats on the new job! I would be feeling the same way, but you could sit with your boss and be honest with her ASAP. Since your next job is commission only, you could offer to work at your current job a few hours a day after your two weeks to help with the transition of finding someone/training, etc. This shows you are willing to lend a hand and not leave them out cold. I am sure they will understand, best of luck.
Post # 4
Congrats! It is always scary, but if you really wanted to help her out I would tell her today. Finding replacements takes more than two weeks (even though that is a standard notice period). Tell her you wanted to tell her right away so she could have as much time to find someone before you left. I think she will appreciate the thought.
As great a boss as she was/is to you, its always better for you to look for opportunities if your current workplace can’t provide them so don’t feel bad.
Post # 5
Is there a reason you didn’t give more than 2 weeks notice? With such an intimate working environment where they clearly depend on you, it might have been a good idea to give them more notice on replacing you so that you could train a new person, or at least so that they could be in the interview process before you left. It might have been less nerve wracking that way!
Congrats on your new job, though! How exciting!
Post # 6
OH goodness, I don’t want to sound negative, but I work in the insurance industry (as an underwriter) and I’m a little concerned about your new job. My Darling Husband is a broker for a large global firm and I would NEVER let him take a commission-only job! At our age especially, it’s sort of setting yourself up to fail. I’ve seen so many young ambitions people try this and it never works out.
If you’re already a licensed agent, why not just keep working for your small agency and book your own business? That way you can keep all your commission and you still have a salary? I’m sorry, I know you’ve probably already thought this through, but I just had to give my two cents.
Post # 7
I did it on Tuesday and I am sending you TONS of support!! I’ve been at my job 4.5 years and I am very close with my boss and our VP. They even got me a wedding present 2 weeks ago even though they weren’t invited to the wedding (it was a small wedding, and if I invited them, I would have to invite the other 60 people I work with).
It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. 1/2 a Xanax helped a lot with the anxiety, but it felt soo good when it was over because I know I’m moving on to a better opportunity! I’m also leaving on good terms (I hope). I told them if an opportunity ever comes around that I would be a good fit for in the future, please keep in touch.
I’m still dredding next Friday, though… It will be bitter sweet.