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Help me quit my job

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:41 am

Recently got another job offer which I am going to take. How do I go about quitting my current position? Do I tell the senior attorney in my group or hr first? I was thinking my group so we can hash out exactly when my last day is...there is wiggle room on the start date of my new job and I am in the middle of some projects. Or do I just go to hr and tell them I'm out and bounce. The new job pays significantly more so the more time I wait the more money I'm missing out on. But is two weeks notice suggested even though we are at will?

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Re: Help me quit my job

Postby Sheffield » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:44 am

Interesting to see if the firm will ask for two weeks (or whatever) or hand you your hat upon your resignation.

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Re: Help me quit my job

Postby romothesavior » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:45 am

I certainly think a couple weeks is necessary and anything less would be in poor taste, and would be bad for your reputation. No need to burn any bridges. I'd talk to HR and then to your senior attorney so they can figure out how to best phase you out. I obviously haven't done this myself but when I was an SA a buddy of mine left the firm to go in-house and I think this is what he did. Just seems like a common sense approach.

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Re: Help me quit my job

Postby haus » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:51 am

Unless there is some very pressing reason not to offer this time, it is probably best to offer two weeks notice in your letter of resignation.

If you have not been there very long, it may well not take that long to unwind your current projects, and it is unlikely you will be given new significant assignments after giving notice.

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Re: Help me quit my job

Postby thesealocust » Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:11 am

(assuming you're at a firm) --

In person, to a partner, in the morning but not first thing in the morning. Be positive and emphasize that it's a great opportunity for you that you need to pursue instead of reflecting negatively at all on your experiences at the first job.

That will get the ball rolling. Your firm will have way more experience with departures than you, I wouldn't worry about the logistics in advance. Whatever they request of you, they have almost no leverage and they will know it.

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