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Any advice on how to not make it look when handing the notice in?

I have been talking with two different companies and with each I have been to “stage 2” type interviews with the person who would be my boss. I typically would never mention I am interviewing with another firm unless they ask. But if I have gotten to the point where I suspect I may receive an offer from either one of them. At the point of receiving the first offer, should I notify the second company that I have received an offer to see if they were also working on something and want to send it over?

I quit my last job because 1) I felt it was misrepresented to me 2) the job AND the culture were not good fits for me. I am applying for the same types of jobs in my field, but how do I represent my last company in good light and still be honest about why I left? I recently had a phone interview, and while I tried to represent the company in a positive and still be honest, I’m not sure if it came across that way. Can you give some examples of how to be honest about why you quit a job without bashing the company? 

I accepted a conditional job offer last month. I’m undergoing a background investigation once again. I signed the offer letter on January 11 and signed the eQIP January 19. Last time I went through this, it took 36 business days to get cleared at the SEC. I’m joining a new government organization. When should I follow up with my staffing agency contact?

When you give your notice, have you or do you tell your current supervisor or co-workers the name of the new company you will be going to if they ask? Or do you tell them you’re keeping that information private for the time being? Seems like if you’re vague and say, “I’ll be working for a healthcare company” or “a consulting firm”, they still pry and want to know the name of the company.

The recruiter wants my birthdate MM/DD and last 4 digits of my social security to apply for the job. She claims that it is used for identification method by hiring company ( huge financial company) Does it sound legit?

I am really stuck about what to do next. I have been out of work for over a year now. I can’t get a job in my home state. It isn’t clear if I will get work if I return interstate as my skills are perceived as being out of date. I can no longer afford my rent and bills. I am really at a loss as to what to do. I have thought about summoning up the courage to take a trip to see if I can secure work, but worry it will waste precious funds if not successful.

Catch 22, how can I handle scheduling interview(s) without alerting my current employer. I’m open to any suggestions the group might have.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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