Giving resignation notice with or without an official offer letter?
April 7, 2011 8:54 AM Subscribe
I was offered a fantastic new job 3 days ago, and I accepted. They want me to start in 4 weeks, but they haven’t yet given me an official offer letter. The usual advice is to wait for the offer letter before giving notice, right? Well, here's my dilemma: 1) Starting next week, I'm leaving for 3 weeks on my honeymoon. If I wait till next week to give notice, I'll have less than a week left in the office. I work in an extremely small office (4 ppl), and I’ll be putting everyone in a difficult position. 2) I don't want to burn any bridges because I'm using work data for my dissertation. 3) The HR woman at the New Job says I don't need to wait for an offer letter. Should I take her word for it? Should I give notice with or without an offer letter?
posted by thegoodeleven to work & money (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I’m in Texas. I don’t have an employment contract. I have been at my current job for 7 years.
I work in a very, very small office of 4 people. We do social services planning. Each of us has very specific, specialized roles, so it’s very difficult for one of us to cover for each other. We are entering our busy planning season, so I’m worried that leaving so abruptly will put everyone in a very bad position. After 7 years, I feel like I need to give my boss more than 5 working days to help with transitioning.
I really don’t want to leave on a bad note. As I mentioned, I’m using data from one of my work projects for my dissertation. My boss has already signed off on most of the permission forms, but I don’t want to give her any reason to change her mind for future ones.
I’ve explained my situation to the folks at New Job. They originally wanted me to start in 3 weeks, but they’ve agreed to extend it to 4 weeks due to my honeymoon. The new start date is non-negotiable.
My HR contact at New Job says my offer letter is just going through the system, waiting for the appropriate directors to sign off on it. They’re already preparing my background check, drug screening, TB test. She advises me to give notice anyways, saying “it’s not like we’re going to turn around and not hire you after all.” Should I take her word for it? The cautious person in me says no.
Should I listen to the New Job’s HR person and give notice, even without an official offer letter?