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Old 09-21-07, 11:26 AM   #1
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2 week notice necessary?

Seriously I know its customary and all but is it really necessary?

I don't think so...Especially how much I HATE this job and the people I work with. I'm sure I can still use it as a reference because they'll be talking to HR not this specific boss, but I'm sure the boss would still put in a good word.

BUT, is it really necessary to give a 2 week notice or can I give a much shorter notice, 1 week or less. They can replace me pretty easily, no issue there.

Whatcha guys think?

PS: The last two jobs I've had(corporate BS ones), I've given 2 week notices and stuck it out.
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Old 09-21-07, 11:30 AM   #2
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I always like to give a two week notice "just in case". You never know when a new job might not work out and you have to go back to the old one temporarily.
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Old 09-21-07, 11:30 AM   #3
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give 2 weeks if you ever plan to use them as a reference.
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Old 09-21-07, 11:33 AM   #4
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Is there a deep fryer in the room or mud on your boots? If not, two weeks notice is probably best.
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Write them a letter telling them you quit two weeks ago.. effective today.
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Are you ever going to want to use this job as a reference for a future job? If so, do the two weeks. Unless your in good enough with your managers, and they understand, and agree, with you not putting in two weeks.
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Sometimes it backfires on you. I had a good job a while back,and was well thought of by the folks I worked with and for. I was offered an outside opportunity that I would have been foolish to pass up.

The company I worked for released me immediately when I gave them the 2 week notice. Of course, technology companies can be funny like that.

Actually, it worked out ok - the 2 week impromptu vacation was nice. Just be aware that they may cashier you on the spot when you give them the news.

If I like the old place, I always give 2 weeks notice as a courtesy, and tell the new place I needed to give 4 weeks notice.
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Sometimes it backfires on you. I had a good job a while back,and was well thought of by the folks I worked with and for. I was offered an outside opportunity that I would have been foolish to pass up.

The company I worked for released me immediately when I gave them the 2 week notice. Of course, technology companies can be funny like that.
Sales sometimes works like this too. Especially with large corporate accounts
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Old 09-21-07, 11:43 AM   #9
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It would be unprofessional not to give 2 weeks.

They are not obligated to keep you the full 2 weeks, but if you ever plan to use them as a reference, you had best offer.
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Sales sometimes works like this too. Especially with large corporate accounts
Financial services companies too. After giving 2 weeks notice I was told it wouldn't be necessary to come into the office during that period of time. Most brokerage companies are pretty uptight about you leaving and taking clients with you to the competition. It was all pretty amicable though after I told managment that I was leaving the industry to pursue other interests.
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Old 09-21-07, 12:30 PM   #11
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The company I worked for released me immediately when I gave them the 2 week notice. Of course, technology companies can be funny like that.
Its that way if you are going to a company that is perceived to be a competitor. Gives you less chance to steal IP/sensitive info. Likewise for a job that involves contacts and sensitive company info like sales, financial services etc..

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Old 09-21-07, 12:34 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice guys!!
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I will try and give 2 weeks then!!!
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Old 09-21-07, 01:19 PM   #14
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The good thing about giving two weeks is if they ask you to leave there and then most companies will pay you the two weeks.
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Old 09-21-07, 01:35 PM   #15
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With todays laws in place if a past employer ever bad mouthed you, they instantly lose a law suit. Most companies simply verify time of employment and salary, anything else they risk a call from the lawyer. Even good reviews are dangerous; say your current and soon to be old company swears up and down you're the greatest thing since sliced bread. You are hired at your new place in no small part because of that glowing review. Now you screw up horribly. New company sues old company, before anyone starts yelling they can't do that, of course they can - I've seen it.

It's a double standard. If it was time for you to go, they walk in with HR, you get escorted out with a box....have a great life. If you give your boss a letter and say I quit with no notice, they brand you as a traitor. I wouldn't worry about reprisals when looking for a new job, you won't be best buds with your old boss and perhaps a few other people. If your interviewer asks how you are able to leave your current job so early, just tell them you have been working on turn over docs and so forth for a while so there is little impact.....you will answer questions via personal email on off-hours.
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Old 09-21-07, 01:45 PM   #16
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Thanks a lot Rick. What you said makes perfect sense because I know that Countrywide did the exact same thing. Start date, position held and salary...No other information(because HR knew nothing about me anyways).

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Best to give 2 weeks notice, even if it's a crummy job. Try to always take the high road, and it's good practice not to burn bridges in life, you never know...
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I used to think 'Two Weeks' but not anymore.
Its a different and very transient work environment, currently.
The same rules dont apply either for the employer or employee.
If you know for sure you arent going to ever have anything to do
with them just roll out , whenever. Dont put it on your resume though.
I gave 2 weeks to crappy jobs before and regretted it. No one
cares, they still think you're a jerk for leaving but you are wasting your
time and commute money when something better is waiting. Life's
too short for stupid work. Cut it short and dont worry about it.
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Hell, I don't even give notice, I just quit and never come back.
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Dosen't that brush paint both ways tho'? Lots of companies will just terminate you on a friday and say don't bother coming in on monday.
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Dosen't that brush paint both ways tho'? Lots of companies will just terminate you on a friday and say don't bother coming in on monday.
see thats how I feel. When they tell you not to come in they don't give you a heads up notice...Why the double standard?
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see thats how I feel. When they tell you not to come in they don't give you a heads up notice...Why the double standard?
Because they are on the topside in a power relationship.......simple
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Because they are on the topside in a power relationship.......simple
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