Plan Ahead When Giving Notice

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter


Someone wrote, “Before you announce your resignation, make sure you have a clear plan for your next steps. This includes securing a written offer from your new employer, setting a realistic start date, and preparing any documents or materials you need to wrap up your current role. You should also think about how much notice you can give, and whether you are willing to negotiate or compromise on any aspects of your departure, such as the duration, the scope, or the handover process.”

I commented:

“When giving notice, do not allow yourself to be pressured into extending your notice period beyond what is right for you and your new employer. As much as you may like people at your current firm, there is a new firm waiting for you that needs you to start work. Remember, that if your current manager tries to make you feel guilty or wrong, they would handle your departure well if you die in a car accident tomorrow. They would be upset, of course, but would immediately plan to turn over your work to someone else. They will do the same thing if you give 2 weeks’ notice and leave.”



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