By: Diana Campos
So just a little bit of background information about myself, from the time between August and February I was working three part-time jobs. People often ask me how I did it and in all honesty it was one of the most tiring phases of my life, but I’m still alive to tell about so I’m sure things could have been worse and I’m thankful that they weren’t.
As luck would have it, towards the end of February I landed a full time position elsewhere. Yay! I was so excited to have ONE job and no longer juggle three of them. However, I was now left in a situation where I had to quit a job not once, not even twice, but THREE times! I’m not sure how I had made it to the age of 24 without ever giving a two week notice at a job before because I have had jobs in the past, but I guess there’s a first time for everything.
By no means would I use the word “comfortable” when describing giving a two week notice. The whole ordeal itself can be so awkward and unpleasant. And if you’re leaving on bad terms, it can even get ugly. Thankfully, I can say that I left my jobs amicably and without any animosity towards a company or co-workers.
It may not be easy, but it must be done. I’m not experienced in career counseling, but here are some of the things I’ve kept in mind when going about all of this:
Sometimes there just isn’t a “good time” to give your two week notice. At one of my jobs I had a fellow coworker also quit just a few weeks before me. And at the time I had to give my two week notice the company hadn’t even started interviews for their replacement yet. As bad as I felt for leaving them at a time where I knew they really needed me, I was sure about my decision and had to be a little selfish in this case. Sometimes you just gotta do you.
There’s no room for overthinking any of this because ultimately you’ll be leaving and getting a fresh start elsewhere. However, you at least need a game plan. Giving your two week notice is one of your last opportunities to put things out there that you feel need to be addressed and surely one of the many acts your employer will remember you by. Analyze your situation, consider those in management who are involved, and think about the best way to execute it all. One of my employers hardly ever came around on the days I was scheduled and never picked up when I called, much less ever returned my calls so I knew that I was going to give my notice via email. I’m glad I did it this way because it automatically left a paper trail, but in all honesty there is just something about doing it face to face that shines a light of nobility over you – and that’s priceless. When I was working up this email I knew that I wanted to be clear about my decision to leave and the circumstances under which I would be leaving. My number one objective was to make sure I expressed that an opportunity had presented itself that I believed was in my best interest to accept and that I would be leaving in good spirits.
No matter what you do or how you do it… Let me just say this in all caps… DO NOT BURN BRIDGES. Your past and current employers could potentially be references for whatever may come your way in the future and if they can’t vouch for you or speak on your professionalism/work ethic then that’s gonna be a problem. This world is unbelievably small and you never know who you’re meant to cross paths with later on in life. You definitely can’t afford to lose valuable resources like these so make sure to set aside your differences and consider your future before you act on anything.