When do I resign - now or after my vacation?
April 10, 2010 10:32 AM Subscribe
I was offered a job at a place I've been looking at for quite some time. While I'm over the moon, I'm not sure how to resign from my current gig. Advice?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My current position, while productive and high-responsibility, is within a company with a toxic work environment and virtually no project management. I come home frustrated and often in tears. I'm incredibly happy to be leaving and am looking forward to the pay boost and change in scenery with the new employer.
I've had an extended twelve-day (partly unpaid) vacation planned for a while now and am due to depart this week. I can't change my bookings and have already cleared the vacation with HR at my current employer. I would like to give my current employer the courtesy of sufficient notice. Would it be better to resign and provide five weeks' notice before I leave, or should I wait until I return to inform my supervisor and give them two weeks?
Also, the people to whom I report are emotionally compulsive and I expect them to react with angry surprise and possibly vengeance at my news. I'm bad with words. Are there any magic phrases I can keep in my head so that I keep my cool and don't burn my bridges? As much as I disliked my current job, I'd benefit greatly from maintaining a good reference. I've never resigned from a high-responsibility position before - it's not quite the same as quitting my old high school gig.
Any general advice regarding resignation is appreciated. I'm terrified but excited.