Alternative to resignation? Want to move but not harm career.
May 2, 2014 12:19 PM Subscribe
I live in a smallish (Canadian) city an hour outside of a large city. I moved for work four years ago, and for a variety of reasons am feeling an increasing urgency to move back to the Big City. I am trying to figure out ways to do this, weighing my options, and am curious if anyone has any suggestions, or can point out repercussions of each option I hadn't considered?
posted by offrecord to Work & Money (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What follows is a list of the options/variables as I see them. Please let me know if I'm missing anything, opinions, or perspectives.
1) Wait to find a job in the Big City and resign with 2 weeks notice.
-This seems like the most logical option, though it requires my patience. It is straightforward and clean in terms of my resignation, but does leave my company stranded due to short-notice of resignation. It also means that I will be able to move to a more convenient location in the Big City as I'll already know where my work will be.
2) Move to the Big City, commute to work in Small City, meanwhile look for a new job.
-This seems like another logical option to me, though it would add 15 hours of commuting to my weekly schedule, and quite a bit of expense (higher rent in Big City + increased transit costs). Plus, if/when I do find a job in the Big City I may be living in a less-ideal location for transit to my new job.
3) Try to negotiate something with my current employer.
a) Let them know I am eager to relocate to Big City, that I am looking for work, and advise they begin succession planning.
-I have no idea how this would play out. It might be better for the company, but it seems possible they may demand a resignation date, or turn around and give me notice so they can hire my replacement. The potential for this to result in my being unemployed seems high.
b) Let them know I am moving to Big City and that I would like to work from home 1 day a week. Say nothing of potential resignation.
-This will lower my travel time/cost burden, and is a compromise to allow me to move to Big City sooner. The negatives are that it will still leave my employer potentially stranded with eventual 2 weeks notice, and may mean I move to an inconvenient neighborhood in Big City.
c) Let them know I would like to relocate and negotiate 2 months notice in exchange for putting "End of contract" on my Record Of Employment; receive EI while looking for a new job,
-I think there's a decent chance they would agree to this, not least because I was never issued a new contract after my last fixed-term-contract ended, and this gives them the most flexibility for succession planning. The drawbacks are that I would be looking for new work w/o a current job, and would have to explain that to potential employers. Also, if my company tells me 'no' I will have damaged that relationship.
I hope there are other options/variables I haven't considered, and would be happy to hear advice from anyone, particularly those in a hiring/management position who can advise from personal experience what works best. I'm in a mid-level role, am the sole staff in my department (so my quick-departure would be a bit of a problem for my company), but I am certainly not important enough to expect a significant quantity of strings be pulled.