174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8749 times:
Dear forum users,
I need advice on how to quit my current job. I have been working there for a while now, know the managers well and I am well liked at my current place of employment. However being a cashier and pushing carts is not what I want to do for the duration of High School.
I applied at Target and got a job on the sales floor in the electronics department. This is what I have always wanted to do, play with the Playstations, watch DVD's, HELP PEOPLE...
Well, it turns out Target offered me the job on the spot with better pay and discounts on all merchandise. However I am still employed at my current job.
I want to be very classy about this because the managers I had were all VERY nice to me, respected me and let me do very fun jobs.
I don't want to hear "Tell them to go F*** themselves" and "You suck, I'm outta here" and the famous scene from Half Baked.
I know I have to turn in a two week notice letter, however is there any way I can quit before then?
Flyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8713 times:
No. In all fairness you should be honest and give the two weeks notice. Supermmarkets are nor career places. Managers know that. They expect you to go some day. Just because they know that does not mean they won't try to get you not to quit. But be firm in your resolve.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8671 times:
Here is what I would do. I would go to your boss, and tell him you are giving 2 weeks notice. Inform him that you have found a new, better paying job and such, and if there was anyway possible if you could end your employment early (sooner than the 2 weeks). Be professional, and polite. Chances are, they will understand and hopefully work with you. Kids in a grocery store are a dime a dozen, so replacing you should not be a tough thing. Hopefully this helps.
Renton_WA From Argentina, joined May 2002, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8640 times:
This note is to inform you that I'm tendering my resignation. I have
accepted a position with another company. My last day will be ........
That's all you need to say. Though it's common practice to give two weeks notice or "the professional thing to do", you are not required. If you're new job offers you more $ and/or it's closer to you or better opportunity that's what you should tell them and they will/should understand.
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8555 times:
174th, I was in your position a few years ago with a really good job at a company I really liked, but I got an offer to come to Vienna. I remember I was scared shitless, because like you said, everyone liked me and were kind and courteous to me. I finally got the guts to write a resignation letter and handed it to my boss, meanwhile I'm shaking in fear of his thunderous response.
He actually called me closer, hugged me, called me like his son, and told me he was happy for me that I was moving on to something better. When my coworkers found out, far from being upset, two different departments threw me two parties. I was completely overwhelmed.
So I guess the moral of the story is to just be honest, and especially since they like you, you've got absolutely nothing to lose. I'm sure you'll be surprised at their response once you approach the situation in an honest way.
TNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8555 times:
It's not too difficult. What is the important issue here - you and your "development" prospects, or a former job? You need to make the decision that allows you to further yourself while still respecting your current employer. KROC hit the nail on the head. Honesty is always best, and if your current employers are a good to you as you say, they won't want to hold you back, although they may be sorry to lose you.
Have fun and good luck.
Adam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8532 times:
Just give them your notice. Yes it is hard (I have had to do it 3 times and have almost chickened out all 3 times).
The only advice I can give is to take the job at Target. I worked at a Target for alittle over 6 months. Even though it was my second lowest paying job ($6.75 an hour weekdays $7.75 on weekends) it was by far the best job I had. The management there is top notch and the majority of the customers love Target.
174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8512 times:
Well guys and Iain...
I am going to talk to a close manager about this tomorrow. Target accepted me on the spot...Actually they wanted to give me a managers position until the regional north east manager said no because of my age.
With that said, I know Target will give me more opportunities to come that will continue to make my never ending saga called life more enjoyable.
Since they were nice to me, I will give them a two weak notice and that will be it since they already have me on the schedule.
We did get a little off topic, however I don't feel like deleting them because it's my thread and I don't mind to much.
Thanks again for all the advice and besides, if this job is a wreck, I am fortunate because the only person that I am supporting is myself, and I live off my parents so its a Win Win I guess.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8519 times:
The two week notice is about as outdated as an Apple IIe. Many companies would like at least a one week notice these days. You can always do what I did with one job I had in college. My manager asked me what my schedule would be when Winter Quarter started and I told him I could only work Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Well lo and behold, the day I'm supposed start back to school, he schedules me to work. I was already sick of the place, they transferred me to a department I didn't want to work in; they wouldn't let me transfer to a department that was willing to work around my school schedule, and so I was essentially fed up anyway. So the first day of Winter Quarter starts, I go to class instead of work (I felt it was the more important of the two). I get home that afternoon, and I've got like 12 messages from my manager asking me "Where are you, you're supposed to be working today." So on payday the next week, I go to get my check, and he asks "Do you still want to work here?" I bluntly told him "No, because you won't work around my school schedule". And that was that.
ADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8450 times:
I agree with everyone who suggests honesty. They must know that people will leave for better jobs & pay. Thank them for giving you the opportunity to work with them and tell them you really enjoyed it.
BNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3194 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8438 times:
If you haven't already done it, you should be able to find some really good resignation letters on the internet, just find one that suits, one that says something along the lines of the current job is great but it is time to broaden your experiences. Also ask them if you could possiblility that you want to leave earlier than the standard 2 weeks. Most employers would understand that a person that is quitting there job usually aren't going to be doing such a great job in the final days, so they might let you off your current job earlier.
Good luck with the new job, should be fun working in an electronics department with all the new gadgets.
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8409 times:
You were denied a manager's position because of your age? Hmmm...this is sorta raising a flag. As far as I know (having worked in the HR department of a large firm), particularly if you're 18 or older, a company is not allowed to deny you a position or promotion because of your age. This is probably impractical advice, seeing that your primary goal right now is to simply get your foot through the door, but age discrimination in the U.S., with very few exceptions, is against the law.