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I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 5:21 am

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?

Thanks,
-174thfwff
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flyboy36y
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Sat Aug 10, 2002 5:27 am

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.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 5:36 am

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.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 5:37 am

Simple:

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.

Hope this helps.
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 5:43 am

Say you are seeing a physiotheraphist about a heridtary back problem. That should sort it out... I think. That's what I would do anyway.
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 6:20 am

Well, if they didn't lay me off, I was going to ask my former employer to fire me. I'm sure they would have been most happy to oblige.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 6:33 am

Once again, I agree with KROC.

I guess great minds think alike...  Laugh out loud
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Sat Aug 10, 2002 6:38 am

"And fools seldom differ...."


Just thought I'd complete the proverb, I've no problem with either of you.  Big grin
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 6:39 am

It all depends. Do you want to be able to get reccomendations from them?
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 6:44 am

Wow is 737doctor a bright guy. Now I have to try and find room on my Res. list for a new member, lol!  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 7:44 am

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.

Good luck with the new job!
 
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Sat Aug 10, 2002 8:03 am

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.
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 8:12 am

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.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 8:36 am

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.  Sad


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.

-174th

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Sat Aug 10, 2002 8:39 am

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.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 8:48 am


What's another word for thesaurus?
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 9:31 am

KROC hit the nail on the head.

Hmmm, that's funny. Usually KROC just hits on guys, hoping to get nailed or give them head!  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 9:41 am

What is it with you and talking about hitting on guys tonight We're Nuts? Oh, I get it. Your Estrogen levels are up again.  Big grin
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 9:41 am

Sorry KROC. Didn't mean to set you up there. Good one We're Nuts!
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 10:44 am

Hepkat,

There are people that actually liked you?

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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 12:01 pm

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.

Don't burn any bridges.




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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 6:00 pm

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.
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 9:42 pm

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.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 12:59 am

Hepkat, I'm not 18, I'm younger.

What do you all think is better? Telling them by mouth, or giving them a letter?
I think I would prefer by mouth, however I have never quit a job before.
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Sun Aug 11, 2002 1:03 am

Tell them face to face. It's not like your job requires a resignation letter. Them hearing it right from you is the best way to handle it.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 2:50 am

I would find a puddle of water from a broken freezer in the frozen food section. Then slip, fall, and beak something there in full view of a liability lawyer. After you get your 7 figure settlement from the company, kindly inform your boss that you are now too rich to work and are retiring.
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 2:59 am

174thfwff

I have been worknig at Target (T-1011) for about a year now. Its a great company to work for, im sure you will like it. I kinda know how the company works, if you have any questions feel free to ask.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 5:42 am

174th, telling them is not enough. They will need some written document to keep on file.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 5:47 am

Hepkat. He does not need documentation when quiting a job at Wegmans (Grocery Store). Nobody needs a resignation notice when they leave McDonalds and such, and being a cashier at a grocery store is the same way. The manager, once told will take the necessary steps i.e. writing it down or whatever.

174th is not leaving a 100K a year suit and tie job to move to another suit and tie job making 130K a year with a competing company.
 
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Sun Aug 11, 2002 6:02 am

That may be KROC, but putting it in writing is a good way of protecting himself, regardless of where he works. There're many times when pesky disputes (i.e., last salary payment, deductions, etc.) are solved by producing documentation. It might sound convulated, but it takes exactly 3 minutes to write a letter, which in turn provides lifelong protection.
 
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Sun Aug 11, 2002 12:12 pm

Hepkat. Your philosophy is well and good, for employment for the jobs that we have now. Wegmans turns kids out left and right. The need for a letter, such as yu have suggested is all fine and good, but let's say 5 years from now, Wegman's goes to 174th with a problem. He produces his resignation letter, and they say its fabricated. What now? Lawyers and such? Anyway, such a scenario is rediculous. If 174th was in the management chain, or even a department manager, then yes, a letter would be in order. As a cashier, how word of mouth is more than enough to handle the situation. From my personal experiences, the jobs I had up until I went in the military, when I was quiting for a better job, or because Basic Training was coming up, just letting the management know what was up was all that was required. If I decided to leave my current job, then a letter and a conversation would be in order. I'm not saying that a letter as well for 174th couldn't hurt, but in his situation, it is not needed.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 12:24 pm

Lawyers? Man, I thought quitting a job would be easy!
-174th
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 12:37 pm

Just tell your boss where he can shove your job.

Works everytime  Big grin

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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Tue Aug 13, 2002 3:18 pm

This is my result. Hope people still care enough to read it...lol


Well guys, today was D-Day.
I woke up later then usual because the night before I was downloading episodes of Family Guy and some movies onto my computer and watching them. The main front end manager went home for the day. Good I thought because he can be a jerk. My favorite managers were working when I arrived. I met up with one of my managers and he started to talk to me, and I was completely blunt with him. "I'm sorry, this isn't very easy for me to do, however I found another job with Target in Fayetteville and I am here to terminate my employment with Wegmans." My managers were sort of in shock because the day before they had a meeting on the imposing threat of Target taking employees from Wegmans. I was shocked as well, because many kids I knew were applying at Target and a few managers were as well...It was Ironic.

Anyways we were having very informal convo's and they started to ask me why I was leaving Wegmans, not to impost a guilt trip, but just out of curiosity. I told them that I did not want to be a cashier because it wasn't me, and that electronics are my hobby so I immediately was offered, and took the job in the sales floor in the electronics department. The managers were proud that I did what was right for me because they would have done the same, and they have done so in the past. They also expressed how much they loved Target and their prices as well as being a High End Walmart.

Next we started to talk about the pay and discount I get, as well as what the store looks like, when the store opens, etc.

They asked me to write in ink a letter of termination, so it was necessary!

All in all, it was easier to quit when people were there who cared about you and listened. It was also tough because I really did enjoy working for them, however I did not give a crap about my job at all, because it wasn't fun being yelled at because a the customer didn't save 1 cent, one FRIGGIN CENT on a can of corn...One of my many experiences working at Wegmans.

I stop working this Sunday, get a week off, then start to train for Target, then work at the NYS Fair at the Dinosaur BBQ in the same week!

-174th

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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Tue Aug 13, 2002 3:50 pm

Good luck at your new job. As dripstick showed, a oneliner is enough for even the resignation of the president of the USA so you should need no more  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

All they need is your name and date on a resignation letter so they're able to terminate social security payments etc.
And possibly so you can't come back in 6 months and claim they never paid you for that time...
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Tue Aug 13, 2002 4:26 pm

CRAP! They owe me my tax money. Darn, have to work it out this week.
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Tue Aug 13, 2002 7:55 pm

Just tell your boss where he can shove your job - not clever.

You never know what is around the corner and you may need that job again one day (even if it is only temporarily). NEVER, NEVER burn you bridges with an employer
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Tue Aug 13, 2002 10:41 pm

I agree with VC-10, always try to terminate your job on friendly grounds.

See, it was a lot easier than you thought, especially since they already liked you there was absolutely nothing to fear. And I'm glad you realized my bit about the resignation letter, it's also needed for legal and tax purposes, as Jwenting mentioned.

By the way, I know working at Wegman's can be bad (I've been known to harass a cashier or two over the price of a can of corn myself!), but working at Target might be no better. I used to work at Walmart in Binghamton, not far from you, and man, I can tell you stories about customers and their ridiculous demands. The worse part was Christmas when we were open 24 hours. You're right, customers can be very unreasonable, but I don't think you'll see such a big difference at Target.

Good luck and keep us updated!
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Wed Aug 14, 2002 5:48 am

Hepkat,

At least I won't be a cashier when I am there 90% of the time. I will be on the sales floor in the electronics department.

-174th
Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten, Uptown, what now? Lets make it happen.
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Wed Aug 14, 2002 7:34 am

I used to work at Target (T-36 and T-59) as various positions including Cashier Team Lead. If you quit without giving Target two week's notice, you are effectively blacklisted from the company. Unless you give two week's notice to many retail chains, you have no hopes of getting a job with them again.

Target requires its managers to have at least an associates degree in something. I assume you are referring to a Level 2 or 3 supervisory position, in which case some stores won't do it due to age (you'd be in charge of people who could possibly be your grandparents) or lack of experience with the company. The stores I worked at wanted at least a year with Target before making somebody a Level 2 or 3. Level 3's are department heads (such as one is in charge of housewares/domestics, one has toys/seasonal, one has auto/pets/storage, etc.).
 
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Wed Aug 14, 2002 10:19 am

Seiple,

They were going to give me a Level Two position in electronics.

However I am just as content as a level one on the sales floor in electonics.

Also how did you like working for Target, how were the discounts?


-174th
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RE: I Need Advice On How To Quit A Job.

Wed Aug 14, 2002 10:44 am

Target was fine. I worked in a real ghetto store when I was a lead cashier... I actually begged to go back to answering the telephone and doing HR paperwork.

Discounts are a flat 10%. When I worked there, it wasn't valid on groceries (in Omaha we had two regular Targets and three SuperTarget stores... including the first two in the nation). I believe it is valid on all non-perishable food items now at SuperTarget (but not valid on booze or cigarettes).

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