Post # 1
So yesterday I got offered a new position, and I am souped! It’s a day shift, three shifts a week, no pay cut, and more resources and help. All in all, I’m glad to be on a normal human’s circadian rhythm again.
On that note, that means I must quit my current job. I have no idea how to do a resignation letter, and I was just wondering, is two weeks absolutely required?
Post # 2
It isn’t necessary but it is highly recommended that you give two weeks. You don’t want to leave your company on bad terms otherwise they may not be a good reference for any other jobs you might try to get in the future.
Post # 3
It’s a professional courtesy to give your employer two weeks notice and a good practice. If you want to use them for future references and have good standing for possible re-employment (for example what if you don’t like your new job).
Post # 4
joongielove: I would like to say it is necessary. Have you ever filled out applications and seen the question they ask: “Have you given your employer 2 weeks notice?” The company you’re apply to wants to see that you will have the same courtesy for them should you change employers. It’s in your best interest and its best practice as an employee in general, to give 2 weeks.
Good Luck! And CONGRATS on your new adventure!!
Post # 5
Is there a reason you can’t give two weeks? Does the new position start sooner than that?
I once was in a situation where I was only able to give 1.5 weeks notice or else I couldn’t take the new job. I apologized to my boss and acknowledged that two weeks is the norm but in this scenario I just couldn’t do that. He ended up being fine with it and told me to let him know if I ever needed references so he did take it well, however, some companies might not be as understanding.
Post # 6
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i have given 2 weeks notice before and been told that they will pay the 2 weeks but that I have to leave right away, i guess they were afraid i’d steal something?
2 weeks is polite for them to have you train someone else on your duties or to give them a heads up on hiring someone else. I’d give as close to 2 weeks as you can.
Post # 7
joongielove: if you’ve been there less than 90 days I’d say screw it and just leave. Otherwise, I always give 2 weeks notice. It’s good practice, you don’t want to burn bridges, you never know who might be a potential employer in the future.
Post # 8
I find it interesting that everyone is saying it is just a courtesy. Here (Australia) it is often in the EBA or award that you must give x amount of notice. Here failure to do so means they can garnish your final pay by the amount of days you didn’t give notice. The amount of notice also goes on how long you have been at the company.
Post # 9
j_jaye: In the US, many states have “at-will employment.” Which basically means you can quit at any time without a penalty and they can let you go for any reason (within legal parameters).
Post # 10
joongielove: I would. Don’t burn your bridges. You never know when or it youll need them for something in the future.
Post # 11
thanks guys! ill be handing in the notice monday!
Post # 12
Two weeks is a bare minimum of professional courtesy. I’ve actually had a company tell me that if I said I’d give less than two weeks notice, they would have rescinded the job offer because they don’t want to employ people who are rude to their current employers and unprofessional. I completely agree that it’s very unprofessional to give less than two weeks notice (barring some crazy circumstances that I can’t even come up with). At-will employment means legally they can’t do anything to you, but it doesn’t mean they’ll think you left on good terms.
Post # 13
Miss Coral: It’s pretty standard that if you work with confidential information, or are going to a competing firm/business, that they let you go immediately upon giving your notice. I worked for a sporting store’s head office, and when a buyer gave their two weeks’ notice to go to another sporting store, they asked them to leave immediately. When I gave my two weeks, but was switching industries completely, I was able to work my full two weeks.
Typically, they aren’t concerned with you stealing, but more that they don’t want you to have the opprotunity to gather up suppliers contact info, client contact info or other confidential information, etc that could be useful in a future job.
Post # 14
joongielove: Here are some sample resignation letters. They are for nurses but could be adapted. Be sure to say something good about your current employer.
Post # 15
julies1949: you nailed my job! lol, thanks for the link!