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How Do I Tell The Boss I'm Quitting?  
User currently offlineFlightShadow From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 969 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

Hi everyone! I haven't been to Non-av in a long time, but I figured if I can get decent help with science projects and aviation questions in Tech Ops and Civ_av, I might be able to get at least some decent advice on other life questions here in Non Av. I mean hey, it's not like I'm asking for help with girls

Just some background information, I currently work a job where I do odd-jobs for a contractor who builds houses in the area. I'm required to provide my own transportation to/from job sites (up to 50 miles a day, not terrible I guess but not normal for a HS Student), sometimes I go out and there's no work and I have to drive back. During the past 3 weeks I have done 2 hours of work. Wage is $8/hr. The boss keeps promising more work, but never calls to inform me of it, and never answers/returns my calls.

I just got offered a different job, and I am going to take it. I've checked it out (it's legit), and just recently found out that one of the perks is around 6 out-of-state trips per year, co-ordinated with weekends and holidays for those of us employees still in high school. They fly us out, pay for hotels, give us a food allowance, etc. It's 8/hr, and how many kids get paid to fly around to different places in the US 6 times a year?

The only problem I have is my (soon-to-be) old boss, he's a cool guy and we've become friends (even though he doesn't return my calls ), and I'm nervous to tell him I'm quitting. This was my first job, and I am familiar with the two-weeks notice thing, but I've never informed someone I'm quitting before. Is it something most people are professional about, IE I tell him that I'm going to quit after two weeks, and we go on with life? I never signed a contract binding me to a certain amount of time working, so there's nothing he can do to force me to stay, is there?

Right now I think I'm going to just go up to him and say "I got offered a new job, and I think I'm going to take it, but I will be here for two more weeks." Is that on the right track, or is it the wrong thing to do, wrong way to approach it?

Any advice would be welcome

-Jeff

[Edited 2007-01-30 05:40:24]


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User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

you pretty much sound like you have it covered.

with two weeks notice, yes that is something most everyone is professional about--i mean you have sought out another opportunity and you got one! so going in and simply saying you have enjoyed your time at the company but found another opportunity that you are taking and will be leaving in two weeks, that is the professional and courteous approach.

your boss will appreciate the honesty and maturity (in most all cases) and wish you well.


User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

Quoting FlightShadow (Thread starter):
Right now I think I'm going to just go up to him and say "I got offered a new job, and I think I'm going to take it, but I will be here for two more weeks." Is that on the right track, or is it the wrong thing to do, wrong way to approach it?

That sounds very good. You are giving him plenty of notice and not giving him any grief. Now it will be up to him to try to talk you into staying or being the jerk and firing you right away.



too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

Quoting FlightShadow (Thread starter):
I got offered a new job, and I think I'm going to take it, but I will be here for two more weeks.

You've pretty much got it right there. Just remember on thing: never burn bridges.


User currently offlineDL787932ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

First, decide in advance whether this is to be a negotiation for better terms for your current job, or a resignation. In other words, are you taking the new job no matter what, or are you letting your boss know you're looking in order to open discussions on better pay, etc.? They're two different scenarios and should be approached differently.

It sounds like this new job is a much better opportunity anyway, so assuming you will take the new job regardless, you pretty much have it. Do it in person rather than over the phone. Tell your boss you appreciate the opportunity and have learned a lot over the past xx weeks/months/years, but a new opportunity opened up so you'll be leaving as of xx date (a date at least two weeks in the future). Perfectly professional, and unless your boss is a mean guy he should have no problems with it. As SkyFlyer said:

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 3):
Just remember on thing: never burn bridges.

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You didn't ask, but on a side note: were you to keep your existing job, I would tell your boss that it's not reasonable for him to expect to drive to a job site with no guarantee that he will pay you to do any work once there. It's unreasonable to ask you to drive 50 miles round trip for free, and in the future you should tell him that you need to be guaranteed at least two hours of pay for you to go to a job site. If he can't do that, he shouldn't call you - and really, he shouldn't be scheduling contractors to go to places where he has no work for them anyway.



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

I've left quite a few jobs, and I've always given about a months notice. I explained to then why I was leaving, and that it was because the opportunity was too good to pass up. I would offer to help find a replacement as well, I've found that this approach helps as well.

Just leave on amicable terms, and as was said above, never burn bridges. I've actually used a current employer as a reference to another job in the same field, just because the opportunity was there, and I was respectful about the way I left, thanking them for the skills they taught me and the time that they'd invested in me.


User currently offlineCFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

As an employer, I would respect your career decision, and wish you luck in your further endeavours. Since you have advised us of your intensions, your attendance at any other employment related function is terminated. 2 weeks severance pay and your record of employment is enclosed in the envelope.

Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 4):
Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 3):
Just remember on thing: never burn bridges.



You didn't ask, but on a side note: were you to keep your existing job, I would tell your boss that it's not reasonable for him to expect to drive to a job site with no guarantee that he will pay you to do any work once there. It's unreasonable to ask you to drive 50 miles round trip for free, and in the future you should tell him that you need to be guaranteed at least two hours of pay for you to go to a job site. If he can't do that, he shouldn't call you - and really, he shouldn't be scheduling contractors to go to places where he has no work for them anyway.


User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

Your current "job" doesn't appear to need the same level of professionalism that leaving a typical 9-5 office job would...given that it's not even an everyday thing...so telling him you're leaving in two weeks is, IMO, being exceptionally nice given how you've been treated (based on what you wrote)...when you drive that far and get no work, I'd ask him for reimbursement of mileage at some rate for those trips...when you get work to do, then paying your own way is fine, but when he doesn't call, (in these days of everyone having cells), he needs to understand you're losing about $22 for that round trip (based on rough estimate using IRS mileage rates)...


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

Give your Boss the Reasons on you planning to Quit.If he can match the offer great.If not Give the needed notice period & quit.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1326 times:
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You could take an old coworker's approach:

During the night, my coworker cleaned his desk and cube to an immaculate shine. He was always known as a pack rat and his newly polished cube stood out like a sore thumb.

That coming morning (as my boss arrived).......

Boss: You cleaned up?

Coworker: Yep.

Boss: Putting anything back out?

Coworker: Nope.



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