How to leave this job gracefully.
January 26, 2011 7:37 AM Subscribe
Want to leave for a new job, don't want to soil reputation with old job. Need guidance from managers.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a slight job dilemma. I recently within the past week applied for and got a dream job. It offers much more socialization and growth opportunities than my current job. The new job is hiring quickly to fill a need, but they will allow me to give the customary two weeks notice to my current job. Both jobs are 40-hour, M-F 9-to-5 jobs.
The problem is that to take this new job, I need to attend a training event that will be from this Friday until next Tuesday. So, my thought is to tell my supervisor that I am taking this new opportunity and that I want to give at least two weeks, but since I need Friday, Monday and Tuesday off, I will gladly take them off without pay and work two weeks past that point. (If it matters, I’m out of holiday hours from a long trip last year and I don’t even think I can take holiday hours once I’ve put in notice.)
I’m slightly worried that my current job is not going to take this well, and ask me to work those days. I don’t want to just leave and burn bridges. I like my coworkers and don’t want to leave them in a lurch. Also, I’ve been here six years and want to maintain a good reference.
Managers, how would you feel if a leaving employee came to you with such a proposition? What is the best way to present this to my manager?
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