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How do you quite your job and not burn a bridge?

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  1. ncrider

    ncrider Turbo Monkey

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    So I'll be giving my two weeks notice next Tuesday and I'm wondering how to approach my boss in a way that won't cause me to lose them as a future reference. Advice?

    I figure I'll explain that I had a great time working here, learned many valuable tools and love the company in general, blah, blah, blah. Then go on to explain how I have a desire to own my own business and the opportunity has just presented itself to me with the merger of a business and the gaining of two partners.

    My palms get sweety just thinking about it.
     
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  2. DRB

    DRB unemployed bum

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    Well I can't see why anyone would be mad at you for quiteing.
     
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  3. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    Yeah maybe if you don't say a word they won't know you quit.
     
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    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    If you have a decent relationship with your boss, that approach should be more than fine. Be polite and respectful, and make it clear that you found a better opportunity rather than that your current employer is incompetent and unorganized (even if they are). Most people will respect your decision if they can see that you've found a better option.
     
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  5. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    Simply give them your two weeks notice and explain a new opportunity has opened up for you that you have to take. This kind of thing happens every day, you haven't burned any bridges until you call the boss a dick and defecate on his desk ;)
     
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  6. ncrider

    ncrider Turbo Monkey

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    That's what I'm hoping. I've just never quite a serious job before.


    HA, that reminds me of this email I read where a guy just shows up at a corporation, sits at an empty desk, and starts working. He claimed he was from the satellite office. Supper funny.
     
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  7. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    Personally I would defecate on his desk.


    What are you going to be doing now? Self employed? Working at Mt.Baldy full time? ;)
     
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  8. manhattanprjkt83

    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    pffffffffffffffffffffffffft hahahahhahahahah just actually LOLed

     
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  9. skinny mike

    skinny mike Turbo Monkey

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    oooohhhhhhh! so thats why he wouldnt return my calls.
     
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  10. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    :stupid:

    Although I'm not sure how quiteing is going to help in a self-employment venture. :think:
     
  11. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    At least they're not getting hairy. :D
     
  12. ncrider

    ncrider Turbo Monkey

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    Hopefully if our good old pal will ever call us back, eh.
    Actually this business venture should give me lots of time to focus on AMmbpppppbpbpbpppp.
     
  13. ncrider

    ncrider Turbo Monkey

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    That's why they're getting sweety. :thumb:
     
  14. blt2ride

    blt2ride Turbo Monkey

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    Yeah, just be honest with your boss. Let him or her know that you have always wanted to start your own business, and now you're in a position where you can make it happen. I don't think anyone could be too upset with that.

    As long as you're giving them a two week notice, you should be fine. The worst thing you can do is bail on your employer--which you're not doing.
     
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    Just stop showing up. The situation will work itself out (and you may get a few extra paychecks if your lucky).

    Seriously though. Explain the situation. I guarontee your boss has been in your shoes before and will understand.

    If he's bummed but supportive, great.
    If he's bummed and andgry, screw him.
    If he's happy... you may have problems.
     
  16. ncrider

    ncrider Turbo Monkey

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    Yeah thats kinda iffy. I'm giving two weeks notice, but one of the two weeks I will be on "vacation" :D
     
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    Good luck with the two partners. My partnership didn't work out so well and it cost me big bucks to get rid of him.

    It sounds like you are on the right track. Put it in writing and be sure to thank him for the opportunity to work there.
     
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    Haha...that's a good point--well put!
     
  19. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Tell your boss you need to go to school full time to work on your spelling. I'm sure he'll understand.

    :blah:
     
  20. buildyourown

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    Oh man! I want to leave a steamer on my boss's desk sooo bad.
    That would be awesome.

    I love the 2 weeks notice/2 weeks vacation move. Nothing classier.
     
  21. kinghami3

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    I had to quite my job about a month ago. The phone conversation went as follows:
    Me:"Hi Dave. I hate to tell you this, but money is tight and I have been offered a better job and will have to resign."
    My Boss: "Ok. It was good working with you, and best of luck"
    Me: "Thanks, it was good working with you too." Click.

    It's really not too bad if you explain your situation.
     
  22. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    I had one go like this:

    Me: I'm sorry but I am moving to another shop. They offer better pay and a more relaxed working environment.
    Boss: Oh...wow....I guess I understand.
    Me: Good, thanks.
    Boss: Was there anything in particular here that made you want to leave?
    Me: Neither of us have time for me to explain that many things.
    Boss: Ah...I see. Well, good luck.
     
  23. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Ah, screw it!

     
  24. spookydave

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    My friends dad was a wrench for a bunch of different race car teams over the years. He got pissed at AJ Foyt and walked up to him and told him that he's fired.
    I've always wanted to tell my boss his company is fired. But I work for myself so that might be a bad move. lol
     
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    HAHA, office space :)