How to resign gracefully when you're going off to work for the opposition.
August 27, 2010 11:53 AM Subscribe
What is the most graceful way to resign, given that I'll be working for a direct competitor?
posted by shiu mai baby to Work & Money (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I just got a killer job offer, and I am beyond elated at this point. Great money, full-time telecommute, wonderful company, perfect match for my skills. I! Am! Stoked!
My boss is on vacation until middle of next week, and even though she's my brand-new boss, I still would like to tell her in person and leave here on the best possible terms. So while I would love very much to strip nekkid right this second and yell SEE YOU SUCKERS L8R as I dash from the building, arms a'flailin', I will keep my shirt on and say nothing to anyone until she returns.
Having time to plan this is actually a good thing, because it's going to be (potentially) a delicate situation, and I want to make sure I handle this correctly, because: I will be working for a direct competitor. I didn't sign any sort of contract, non-compete, or NDA when I started working here, so there won't be any actual legal issues to deal with*, but I am concerned about answering the inevitably sticky question of "So, where will you be going?" I don't know if there's any way not to answer the question -- either I play coy and don't give a straight response, thereby signaling I've got something to hide, or I answer straight-out and risk... what? I'm not sure, exactly. Moreover, I'm sure I'll be getting this question from my boss, my coworkers, and everyone else who knows me here, so I'm glad to have a few days to really think this through.
Any suggestions for how to handle this situation with the most amount of finesse would be greatly appreciated.
* - God willing. This company can get nasty with people who leave, but as far as I know I am not high up enough on the food chain for them to merit any sort of retaliatory action. I hope.