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6 Steps to Resigning Your Job | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1452. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the six steps to take to resign your job properly.

Summary

When you resign your job, it needs to be done properly and done in a good way so as not to inconvenience your boss, your previous firm AND, most importantly from your vantage point, to keep this person is a reference and not have them sabotage you in the future.

The way to do it is (1) get your offer letter in writing from the new employer. Without that, you don't have legal protection.

2. Meet with your boss and try to do it on Friday, or Friday afternoon. As soon as you said the magic words, "Can I see you for a minute," they know what is coming. That's the proper way to do it. You do it in person; you don't just send them an email. Make time to meet with them on Friday afternoon. If they're not in, for whatever the reason is, do it Monday morning 1st thing . So when they come in. having been out that Friday, Monday morning 1st thing, "Can I see you for a moment?"

3. Give 2 weeks notice. No matter what they say, no amount of time is going to be good from their vantage point. Your new employer needs you and wants you within 2 weeks. Give 2 weeks notice. When they start begging you, "Can you make it 6 weeks? " Or a month. Or 3 weeks. "My new firm needs me there. If you need me to do some after-hours work or take some calls after hours, I would be happy to do that. However, I need to give 2 weeks notice."

4. A simple resignation letter. It shouldn't go into all sorts of onerous things. It might simply be, "I have decided to resign my position with (put in the name of the company) and accept the new position. My last date of employment will be such and such. ." You are being very clear when you're going into the resignation, you are going to hand in a letter, so is there, handed to them. "Thank you for the opportunity to work for you. I have learned a lot here, but I have decided to accept another position." That's it. Sweet and simple. "Very truly yours."

5. When you are asked why you are changing jobs, saying absolutely nothing that is critical. They know the problems that you have had, but instead, point to the opportunity going forward.

"I have been very happy here. I have learned a lot. " If you haven't been happy, it is been obvious to them. "I have an opportunity here to leverage my experience and learn even more. Just it would be a great choice.

6. If they decide to extend the counteroffer to you, in many situations, counteroffers are very tempting. After all, suddenly they are going to go, "Hey! I know you are worth $125,000 today, this afternoon, you are now worth $145,000! Isn't that great!" Accepting a counteroffer doesn't do anything to remedy the other things that were problematic for you with the job. If anything, it suggests they think they can buy you. Although they will promise to change those things, eventually, what starts to happen is they will backslide into old behavior patterns.

Please don't misunderstand this analogy. I think it is a valid one. I'm not trying to be hurtful to those who experience this. In the case for spouses been abused or partner has been abused by a dominant person in the house, there is always that promise. "I won't do that again. I promise." Unfortunately, in way too many situations, the promises just hot air. The old behavior returns.

The same thing exists when they promised to changing how they manage you, what your work is going to be like; maybe for a little while. It will change. But, invariably, there is a backslide that occurs.

It's very very rare that I encourage people to take a counteroffer. So I will say it again – – don't really consider a counteroffer unless you are shocked by something that they do other than the money.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 1400 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. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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When Your Current Employer Wants More Than Two Weeks Notice | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to respond when your current manager asks for more than two weeks notice.

Summary

I want to talk with you about those instances when you are giving you notice in your current employer turns around and says, "No! No! No! Not two weeks notice. We need four, six, eight weeks notice two months notice! Two years notice!" Whatever it is, it's more than two weeks.

Here's how you respond to it. I want to understand that the reason you doing this is that if you agreed to their unreasonable request (and it is an unreasonable request), it has an impact on your relationship with your future employer. That's where you are going to be for the next period of your life, not with your former employer.

You just very simply respond by saying, "I understand your concern. I want you to know that I'm very prepared to do over time in order to ensure that this is a smooth transition. I given a commitment to my future employer on a particular date. My commitments are important to me; it's important to them as well and I'm going to be there on that date."

"If you need me to work overtime or participate in the interviewing for my replacement and assist with the hand off , I can take phone calls, not a ridiculous number of phone calls but I can take a phone call or two when my new job and will be happy to answer the new person's questions. However, again, I need to be there on this particular date."

If you work for big or midsized company, you don't have to worry about this, because sometimes we work for a small firm or the owner is very hands-on you, may have to contend with an owner who says, "What! If you feel that way, get out of here now!" And they throw you out of your job now. If that happens, they obviously didn't need you for more than two weeks, right? If you want to start sooner at your next employer you can contact them and say, "The person I was working for decided it would be better if I left now and I would like to join sooner."

"Why did they feel that way?"

"They had an emotional tantrum when I gave them two weeks notice and they asked for four and I said I'm going to keep my commitment."

That reinforces an ethical quality in the mind of the next employer in you.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what 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 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complementary session.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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Would It Be Bad If I Left My New Job After Two Weeks? | JobSearchTV.com


There’s more to the story that I’ll explain but this is the crux of it. For some reason, the audio is not perfect. I apologize and the content is great.

Summary

A great question was asked and I want to address it head-on. I want to skip the company names that were involved because I frankly think it is relevant. Here's how it goes. Would be bad professionally or morally if I leave my new job after 2 weeks. How can I do it peacefully? Before moving forward with the big bank that I joined, I was interviewing a well-known technology firm. I moved to a new city and been working with the big bank for 2 weeks now. However, the technology firm has reached out to me. Their job is going to pay 1.8 times the salary of the big bank. However, the work stress is 1.5 times as much more. I can give notice and leave." The question is, would it be okay?

I'm going to give an unequivocal answer and then from there work for.

There is a price to be paid for every decision that we make. This is the tough one that you're going to have to make. You're going to have more stress and more money. Money is clearly measurable. You say it is 1.8 times more let's say the salary you're making now is $100,000 per year. Your new salary would be $180,000 per year. Nice!

Let me make it simple. Yes, you can change jobs. Now let me go through the reasoning.

You are going to be making, let's say, $180,000 a year versus $100,000 per year. Terrific! Nice increase. You are saying. The stress is going to be 1 1/2 times more. I do know that you can actually measure that. Let's just assume that you're going to be getting more stress than what you have now. That's the price that you're going to pay for the decision to join.

The big bank, the next time the economy turns south, they are going to do what is right for them. They are going to lay off thousands of people just like they have in the past and that can involve you. They are going to look after their interests. I am encouraging you to look out for your interests.

Big technology firm? In theory, they could lay you off based upon performance of the economy goes south. Although not aware that many firms of laid off lots of technology people over the years, but it could certainly happen. AND I want you to think carefully. Some people will say, "YOU WILL BE BANNED FOR LIFE FIRM THE BIG BANK!" I really find that that is all that accurate. The truth of the matter is if you wanted to recontact them, the likelihood is that you will be joining at a higher level and you be able to ask, "hey, look, if you are me, what would you have done? You are paying me $100,000 and they are offering me $180,000. Great project. You would take the job, too. They were a little late to the party but I gave 2 weeks notice."

You can give 2 weeks notice, but I think frankly, they will say no thanks and send you on your way.

Always think as though you are the Chief Executive Officer for your organization. In my case, that would be called the Altman Organization. The shareholders are my wife and my son. I always have to do things that look out for our interests 1st and take into consideration the interests of others. I never do anything foolish. I always try to weigh my choices carefully. I have to do what is right for them and for myself of course.

You are going to have to do the same thing. Personally, the inhibitions that you have the false morality of leaving here because, in this particular case, there is nothing immoral about it. Morality introduced into this kind of business situation is nonsense. The last time I read any old biblical or religious treatise, none of it ever involves leaving your job after 2 weeks. Have you seen that because I haven't seen that.

You have to do what is right here and what is right for your enterprise is take this other job if that's what you think makes sense. The money is terrific and you will have a higher level of stress until you get used to it. That stress thing? We tend to adapt. We tend to get better things… Like exercise. The 1st time you try to run a mile, you are panting for air. The 2nd time, you may huff and puff, too. But, when push comes to shove, you're going to get better at it. The same thing is going to happen at the technology firm, too.

Don't sweat the details here. Had for the new firm. Don't worry about 5 years from now when you might want to come back because, here's the reality to it. If you are making 180,000 per year, and they assessed you to $100,000 a year, they are not going to be willing to take you back because you are going to be making more than what they are willing to pay for someone with your background. The reason is you are going to be doing completely different types of work.

From a banking perspective, they want people who are managing people and resources at a high level, run budgets, run departments, and that is not going to be you. You're going to be a technologist. Fabulous! You enjoy that love that. So go do it. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Just head on out and have a great time

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Would It Be Bad If I Left My New Job After Two Weeks? | No BS Job Search Advice

EP 1024 There’s more to the story that I’ll explain but this is the crux of it. For some reason, the audio is not perfect. I apologize and the content is great.

Summary

A great question was asked and I want to address it head-on. I want to skip the company names that were involved because I frankly think it is relevant. Here's how it goes. Would be bad professionally or morally if I leave my new job after 2 weeks. How can I do it peacefully? Before moving forward with the big bank that I joined, I was interviewing a well-known technology firm. I moved to a new city and been working with the big bank for 2 weeks now. However, the technology firm has reached out to me. Their job is going to pay 1.8 times the salary of the big bank. However, the work stress is 1.5 times as much more. I can give notice and leave." The question is, would it be okay?

I'm going to give an unequivocal answer and then from there work for.

There is a price to be paid for every decision that we make. This is the tough one that you're going to have to make. You're going to have more stress and more money. Money is clearly measurable. You say it is 1.8 times more let's say the salary you're making now is $100,000 per year. Your new salary would be $180,000 per year. Nice!

Let me make it simple. Yes, you can change jobs. Now let me go through the reasoning.

You are going to be making, let's say, $180,000 a year versus $100,000 per year. Terrific! Nice increase. You are saying. The stress is going to be 1 1/2 times more. I do know that you can actually measure that. Let's just assume that you're going to be getting more stress than what you have now. That's the price that you're going to pay for the decision to join.

The big bank, the next time the economy turns south, they are going to do what is right for them. They are going to lay off thousands of people just like they have in the past and that can involve you. They are going to look after their interests. I am encouraging you to look out for your interests.

Big technology firm? In theory, they could lay you off based upon performance of the economy goes south. Although not aware that many firms of laid off lots of technology people over the years, but it could certainly happen. AND I want you to think carefully. Some people will say, "YOU WILL BE BANNED FOR LIFE FIRM THE BIG BANK!" I really find that that is all that accurate. The truth of the matter is if you wanted to recontact them, the likelihood is that you will be joining at a higher level and you be able to ask, "hey, look, if you are me, what would you have done? You are paying me $100,000 and they are offering me $180,000. Great project. You would take the job, too. They were a little late to the party but I gave 2 weeks notice."

You can give 2 weeks notice, but I think frankly, they will say no thanks and send you on your way.

Always think as though you are the Chief Executive Officer for your organization. In my case, that would be called the Altman Organization. The shareholders are my wife and my son. I always have to do things that look out for our interests 1st and take into consideration the interests of others. I never do anything foolish. I always try to weigh my choices carefully. I have to do what is right for them and for myself of course.

You are going to have to do the same thing. Personally, the inhibitions that you have the false morality of leaving here because, in this particular case, there is nothing immoral about it. Morality introduced into this kind of business situation is nonsense. The last time I read any old biblical or religious treatise, none of it ever involves leaving your job after 2 weeks. Have you seen that because I haven't seen that.

You have to do what is right here and what is right for your enterprise is take this other job if that's what you think makes sense. The money is terrific and you will have a higher level of stress until you get used to it. That stress thing? We tend to adapt. We tend to get better things… Like exercise. The 1st time you try to run a mile, you are panting for air. The 2nd time, you may huff and puff, too. But, when push comes to shove, you're going to get better at it. The same thing is going to happen at the technology firm, too.

Don't sweat the details here. Had for the new firm. Don't worry about 5 years from now when you might want to come back because, here's the reality to it. If you are making 180,000 per year, and they assessed you to $100,000 a year, they are not going to be willing to take you back because you are going to be making more than what they are willing to pay for someone with your background. The reason is you are going to be doing completely different types of work.

From a banking perspective, they want people who are managing people and resources at a high level, run budgets, run departments, and that is not going to be you. You're going to be a technologist. Fabulous! You enjoy that love that. So go do it. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Just head on out and have a great time

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

6 Steps to Resigning Your Job (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the six steps to take to resign your job properly.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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6 Steps to Resigning Your Job | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the six steps to take to resign your job properly.

Summary

When you resign your job, it needs to be done properly and done in a good way so as not to inconvenience your boss, your previous firm AND, most importantly from your vantage point, to keep this person is a reference and not have them sabotage you in the future.

The way to do it is (1) get your offer letter in writing from the new employer. Without that, you don't have legal protection.

2. Meet with your boss and try to do it on Friday, or Friday afternoon. As soon as you said the magic words, "Can I see you for a minute," they know what is coming. That's the proper way to do it. You do it in person; you don't just send them an email. Make time to meet with them on Friday afternoon. If they're not in, for whatever the reason is, do it Monday morning 1st thing . So when they come in. having been out that Friday, Monday morning 1st thing, "Can I see you for a moment?"

3. Give 2 weeks notice. No matter what they say, no amount of time is going to be good from their vantage point. Your new employer needs you and wants you within 2 weeks. Give 2 weeks notice. When they start begging you, "Can you make it 6 weeks? " Or a month. Or 3 weeks. "My new firm needs me there. If you need me to do some after-hours work or take some calls after hours, I would be happy to do that. However, I need to give 2 weeks notice."

4. A simple resignation letter. It shouldn't go into all sorts of onerous things. It might simply be, "I have decided to resign my position with (put in the name of the company) and accept the new position. My last date of employment will be such and such. ." You are being very clear when you're going into the resignation, you are going to hand in a letter, so is there, handed to them. "Thank you for the opportunity to work for you. I have learned a lot here, but I have decided to accept another position." That's it. Sweet and simple. "Very truly yours."

5. When you are asked why you are changing jobs, saying absolutely nothing that is critical. They know the problems that you have had, but instead, point to the opportunity going forward.

"I have been very happy here. I have learned a lot. " If you haven't been happy, it is been obvious to them. "I have an opportunity here to leverage my experience and learn even more. Just it would be a great choice.

6. If they decide to extend the counteroffer to you, in many situations, counteroffers are very tempting. After all, suddenly they are going to go, "Hey! I know you are worth $125,000 today, this afternoon, you are now worth $145,000! Isn't that great!" Accepting a counteroffer doesn't do anything to remedy the other things that were problematic for you with the job. If anything, it suggests they think they can buy you. Although they will promise to change those things, eventually, what starts to happen is they will backslide into old behavior patterns.

Please don't misunderstand this analogy. I think it is a valid one. I'm not trying to be hurtful to those who experience this. In the case for spouses been abused or partner has been abused by a dominant person in the house, there is always that promise. "I won't do that again. I promise." Unfortunately, in way too many situations, the promises just hot air. The old behavior returns.

The same thing exists when they promised to changing how they manage you, what your work is going to be like; maybe for a little while. It will change. But, invariably, there is a backslide that occurs.

It's very very rare that I encourage people to take a counteroffer. So I will say it again – – don't really consider a counteroffer unless you are shocked by something that they do other than the money.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​
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How Can I Resign Without Too Much Fuss? | JobSearchTV.com


“After being headhunted two months ago, I now have an offer on the table I can’t refuse. I’ve not moved jobs for seven years now. How can I resign without too much fuss?”

Summary

Here's the question I received: "After being headhunted two months ago, I now have an offer on the table I can’t refuse. I’ve not changed jobs for seven years now. How can I resign without too much fuss?"

There are 2 parts to this; the 1st part relates to your boss. All you have to do is request 15 minutes with them. Most people resign on a Friday . However, if for some reason you have to start sooner than would be allowed by giving 2 weeks notice, resign now.

"Can I have a few minutes with you?"

You will have already wordprocessed the letter of resignation and will say something like, "This is to confirm what I have told you orally. (Fill in the name of the firm), effective immediately. I'm providing 2 weeks notice. My last day of employment is such and such. Thank you so much for the opportunity I have had here for the last 7 years. I really appreciate it. However, I have a great new offer that I am looking forward to."

"Best of luck to you and if there is anything else I can do within these 2 weeks to assist with the transition, please let me know."

Hand this letter to your boss as you sit down, then, orally say much the same thing to he or she. What you are doing now is handing in a confirmation note.

You can't guarantee their response. After all, this is the other side of the equation. Earlier I said there were 2 sides to this and I initially dealt with your side which is what to do. Given that you have been there for 7 years and in general may not have changed jobs often, you may have some degree of a churning stomach before hand. This is very common.

On their side, your boss may hear your words and your eyes may become very big and say something like, "But why? We love you! You're so important to us. Please stay. We need you. What's it going to take? What's it going to take?" You can't control their side of it.

On your boss' side, for 7 years you have been the reliable loyal individual and now you are leaving. As a result, they may try to persuade you to stay by paying you more. If money were the only reason why you decided to leave, pay attention. However, you need to remember the other reasons why you want to look for a job, too.

Usually, firms make promises to parting employees to persuade them to stay. But remember this – –(1) in 2 weeks, they will forget what those promises were. (2) if your boss leaves, who knows what these promises were, right? Let me give you an example from some years ago. This person who is doing 80% travel and want to stay close to home, was willing to do 25% travel, decided to stay with his firm promised him that. When his boss quit and was replaced, he went back up to 80% again. As a result, you have to get that part in writing which they will never do.

In terms of minimizing "fuss," they will probably take a few runs asked you to try to persuade you to stay. Your boss' boss may take a run at you. HR may reach you for an exit interview. This is not the time to go out with guns blazing, shooting in every direction, criticizing everyone and everything. It's ridiculous because they are not going to change anything. That's the reality; they are not going to change anything and you are going to feel and look ridiculous and goofy by being critical of the boss who is still going to be there or critical of your coworkers who are still going to be there.

Just simply say, "I am happy to do the exit interview." If they asked about why you are leaving, you can simply say, as you said in your note, "I was headhunted and it is very different than what I am doing here. It is a great opportunity. I've decided to go forward."

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