Planning to give a three week notice in three weeks (big law) and was just asked to take on a new project

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Planning to give a three week notice in three weeks (big law) and was just asked to take on a new project

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:29 pm

Don’t want to give notice yet but also don’t really want to start something and then peace out on people. I have a one week vacation scheduled in two weeks, with the plan being to give notice on my return.

Thoughts? Not sure I have any option beyond taking on the new assignment and then giving the quick notice.

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Re: Planning to give a three week notice in three weeks (big law) and was just asked to take on a new project

Postby Barrred » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:54 pm

Depends on how assignments are handled at your firm, obviously, but cant you just respond that you don't anticipate having enough bandwidth over the short-to-medium term to take on this new project?

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Re: Planning to give a three week notice in three weeks (big law) and was just asked to take on a new project

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:18 pm

Barrred wrote:Depends on how assignments are handled at your firm, obviously, but cant you just respond that you don't anticipate having enough bandwidth over the short-to-medium term to take on this new project?


I kind of do but I guess that’s the sort of white lie I that’s better for the recipient so they don’t have to waste time on boarding me.

I guess I can also spin some of my work that’s continuing until vacation as slightly more intense

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Re: Planning to give a three week notice in three weeks (big law) and was just asked to take on a new project

Postby Barrred » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:41 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Barrred wrote:Depends on how assignments are handled at your firm, obviously, but cant you just respond that you don't anticipate having enough bandwidth over the short-to-medium term to take on this new project?


I kind of do but I guess that’s the sort of white lie I that’s better for the recipient so they don’t have to waste time on boarding me.

I guess I can also spin some of my work that’s continuing until vacation as slightly more intense


I dont even know if its a white lie--you don't feel comfortable taking on anything else given your expected bandwidth going forward. Thats true. They will appreciate it in a few weeks when you give notice and they understand that you saved them from pointlessly on-boarding you (getting client approval, wasting 5-10 hours explaining shit to you, etc.).

Alternatively, maybe say that you don't feel comfortable taking on anything new given your bandwidth in the next two weeks, given that you have a vacation lined up, but that you will be in a better position after your vacation to assess your workload going forward. Also true. This might be a shittier way to go, because they might try to hold the spot on the matter open for you.




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