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EP 1652 This is a common concern for job hunters who are situations they want to leave.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ. com. And the question I received was, Do I really have to give two weeks notice?

Here's the facts. When you joined your current firm, you signed a whole bunch of papers. And those papers obligated you to do a bunch of things. One of them and I have to say, MAY have been, what requirements you had when you give notice.

This becomes complicated, but I'll simply say that, on the one hand, you don't want to put yourself in that position where your current manager was treating you like toenail fungus, you know, someone who's a pariah, who they treat badly.

I remember one person who I represented when I was still doing recruiting. He'd been with his firm for 35 years. He was quitting for a new job. And they put him in a room by himself with a desk, no phone for two weeks and they tortured him there after 35 years. And that's what this firm and sometimes managers get abusive.

So like jilted wives, husbands partners, who suddenly feel like they've been betrayed, they have an emotional response. So, you start off with, number one, is you may have signed something that obligates you to do certain things in terms of giving two weeks notice, three weeks notice four weeks notice I or a non-compete. Non competes in certain places are very tough to break. So, you can pretend like, there's no problem if you have a non-compete.

I could tell you from personal experience, that there are people who signed non-competes . . . the firm is able to enforce them. So you have to look at the terms that you signed. Now, this basically says, even have those papers. If you don't, you need to get those papers from corporate HR so you understand what you've committed to.

Now, some, some people have nothing, and they've signed nothing. That's hard to imagine, but I sometimes see it in smaller firms, in which case, there's no obligation to give two weeks notice. However, think about you're referencing for a second. Do you want to risk a potential reference that you may not think you're going to need the future but, trust me, you're going to need in the future, because no one stays at their job for 20, 25, 30 years, like that guy did. Yeah, firms hire and fire, you walk out and leave for other organizations. You're going to need references. And you don't want to put this one at risk.

So, those are your choices. I'm not going to tell you what to do. You have to be adult about this and make your own decision.

By the way, if your manager starts to treat you badly, you can politely walk over the he or she and say, and do it in their office, so it's not a public display. Take a deep breath before you walk in and say, "You know, I just sense some animosity toward me since I gave my notice. If you don't want me around, I can leave. I've given my notice. And if you don't want me here, pay me for the two weeks. I'm done. It's okay. But do you really have to treat me in this way?" And be prepared for there to be an open dialogue because they may not even be aware that they're treating you badly.

So, just recognize that that's a possibility change. So, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people in organizations. If you'd like my help with your job search, visit my website, There are tabs on the top that will give you information about how to contact me for coaching.

In addition, if we're not connected on LinkedIn, send a connection request to me at Have a great day. Take care!


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, 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 1600 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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