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      04-29-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question Quitting a Job

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So I'm in a job for less than 3 months now, and although I tried everything to make it work, I just don't think I can anymore. I think the compatibility isn't there, for both sides. So I'm ready to quit.

I signed a standard employment contract in February stating the first 3 months is a probation period. It ends Monday. In my point of view, it stands for both parties. I haven't looked at it again to remember exactly what the terms were, it's at home and I'm not, now.

So I wanted to resign tomorrow or Friday. My question is: how do I do it?

Both legally and "morally" (will not use the term ethically, as I don't think it applies here), should I say I'm leaving effective today (I can, right?) being it's probation, or should I say I'm leaving in 2 weeks? I don't think I would be able to withstand another 2 weeks. And I also think if I say that, the company is going to say they don't need the 2 weeks (because it's still probation and also because they may as well feel how I'm feeling), and let me go immediately.

What do you guys think? Any opinion counts, shoot away please.

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      04-29-2015, 12:19 PM   #2
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The 2-week notice is actually the norm, but it is not the law.

Sounds like it's not healthy for you anymore to be in the place, so why torture yourself more, right?

I was in your place a few mos back, boss was an A-hole and I felt like he was very discriminating because I was new and also I think because I'm Asian and not a native here. So I did the right thing (for me) which was to leave. I never looked back.

So to answer your Q, leave ASAP, but don't be disrespecful or rude. Just do it professionally. Also, NEVER badmouth anybody. It's a small world we're in. People always know people.
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      04-29-2015, 12:21 PM   #3
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I'd give them two weeks, knowing full well they'll show you the door immediately regardless. That way, you did the professional thing and gave notice, but still accomplished your main task of getting out of there as soon as possible.

With the job market as shitty as it is, I wouldn't want a single black mark anywhere on my work history.
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I'd give them two weeks, knowing full well they'll show you the door immediately regardless. That way, you did the professional thing and gave notice, but still accomplished your main task of getting out of there as soon as possible.

With the job market as shitty as it is, I wouldn't want a single black mark anywhere on my work history.
x2, you never know when those people may offer you a better opportunity down the road.

I've kept in touch with former co-workers and bosses and have had them come to me years later with great job opportunities.

Hell the job I have now was offered to be by someone I used to work with years ago. He called me up out of the blue and wanted to know if I'd be interested joining his team. Didn't even have to interview. A few days later an offer letter showed up to my door.
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You will need to be flexible. We don't know anything about your job, but if you're a manager and someone needs to be hired in order to backfill your position, you will leave them in a bind if you just walk out with a middle finger through your sunroof.

It needs to be a mutual decision. It might not be that same day, and it might not be two weeks either. Meet in the middle, and never EVER burn bridges.
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Yup, give two weeks even though they won't want you to stay. Good luck!
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I would give two weeks in your situation. I know you said you don't think you could make it another two weeks, but considering (even if they keep you on the full 2) you can pretty much coast out the last two weeks without having to stress too much. You just do no more than asked of you during that time.
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Even a less than stellar employee can leave a good impression when they leave a company by being respectful about how they leave (not saying you were less than stellar - just emphasizing that good impressions count). I'm in agreement the two week notice is the way to go. Avoid burning bridges at all costs. It's not uncommon for companies to ask you for contact info at the last place you worked to verify your work ethic, personality and so on.
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The 2-week notice is actually the norm, but it is not the law.

Sounds like it's not healthy for you anymore to be in the place, so why torture yourself more, right?

I was in your place a few mos back, boss was an A-hole and I felt like he was very discriminating because I was new and also I think because I'm Asian and not a native here. So I did the right thing (for me) which was to leave. I never looked back.

So to answer your Q, leave ASAP, but don't be disrespecful or rude. Just do it professionally. Also, NEVER badmouth anybody. It's a small world we're in. People always know people.
Thanks for the comment. Yes, you nailed it.
During these three months I got sick for 2 weeks, missed 3 days of work. I only get physically sick like that when something is wrong with my morale...

I actually cried driving my car on my way to work on Monday...

I would never be rude or disrespectful, heck I may be the only professional person there... But I fear that they won't take it nicely anyway I put it. Well, gotta do it anyway hehe Thanks man

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I'd give them two weeks, knowing full well they'll show you the door immediately regardless. That way, you did the professional thing and gave notice, but still accomplished your main task of getting out of there as soon as possible.

With the job market as shitty as it is, I wouldn't want a single black mark anywhere on my work history.
Thanks for the comment. I agree... It seems the most sensible thing to do, and even if they don't let me go immediately, I could use the 2 week salary.
Thanks, I'll try this.

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x2, you never know when those people may offer you a better opportunity down the road.

I've kept in touch with former co-workers and bosses and have had them come to me years later with great job opportunities.

Hell the job I have now was offered to be by someone I used to work with years ago. He called me up out of the blue and wanted to know if I'd be interested joining his team. Didn't even have to interview. A few days later an offer letter showed up to my door.
Thanks for the comment. That's true... Especially true in a small town like mine. Even in big towns you bump into people all the time. I have no reason to end in bad terms, just gotta do it in a way they don't feel bad about me leaving. And maybe offering the option to stay 2 weeks will alleviate it.

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You will need to be flexible. We don't know anything about your job, but if you're a manager and someone needs to be hired in order to backfill your position, you will leave them in a bind if you just walk out with a middle finger through your sunroof.

It needs to be a mutual decision. It might not be that same day, and it might not be two weeks either. Meet in the middle, and never EVER burn bridges.
Thanks for the comment.
Absolutely... Me leaving is not going to affect their current processes because not much has changed since I arrived, and they are still doing things the old way. Which is part of the problem for me. I'm no psychologist, but you know when a person sabotages (even when subconsciously) everything so that the way they predicted something would happen actually happen? I believe this has happened with me... But I'll leave the option for me to transition the work to somebody should they want it.

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Yup, give two weeks even though they won't want you to stay. Good luck!
Thanks for the comment.
I will. Thanks for the wishes. Stop stalking me. hahaha

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I would give two weeks in your situation. I know you said you don't think you could make it another two weeks, but considering (even if they keep you on the full 2) you can pretty much coast out the last two weeks without having to stress too much. You just do no more than asked of you during that time.
Thanks for the comment.
Absolutely... I've been told that I'll already feel "free-er" after handing in the resignation letter, and with that there will be less of an expectation of performance and a more relaxed attitude with work. Which could be a relief anyway. Plus, I mentioned above, the pay could also be a motivator to keep me for another 2 weeks. If they let me go, it's fine as well...

I never left a company in such terms, reason why I asked the question. Usually there's some other job lined up, and companies understand and encourage you, and give you recommendation if you need it. I don't think they will this time, but that could be just me (hoping for the best, preparing for the worst).

Any other opinion or comments are appreciated.

Thanks guys. Let's see what happens.
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Even a less than stellar employee can leave a good impression when they leave a company by being respectful about how they leave (not saying you were less than stellar - just emphasizing that good impressions count). I'm in agreement the two week notice is the way to go. Avoid burning bridges at all costs. It's not uncommon for companies to ask you for contact info at the last place you worked to verify your work ethic, personality and so on.
Thanks for the comment. I understand and agree.
I was just preparing myself for the worst. Maybe I don't use this company for recommendation... Who knows. I don't even have them on LinkedIn or on my resume. So maybe it'll be a 3 month gap if it comes down to it. I'm fine with it.
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While it is fresh in your mind, write down some specific examples of the situation that made this workplace untenable. Questions about your short stay will be at the forefront of your next hiring manager so you'll need reasonable and specific (as specific as you can) reasons why you couldnt stay past 3 months.
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its never good to burn a bridge. it doesn't sound like there are bad terms, it sounds like it just isn't working out. just be polite and professional. don't bash anyone (you don't know who is good buddies with who). leave on a positive note and thank them for the opportunity. know they may be contacted by any future prospective employer.
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I'd give them two weeks, knowing full well they'll show you the door immediately regardless. That way, you did the professional thing and gave notice, but still accomplished your main task of getting out of there as soon as possible.

With the job market as shitty as it is, I wouldn't want a single black mark anywhere on my work history.
Job market is shitty? You must be out of your mind... the problem isn't with the job market..
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I left a warehouse job to start my business 4 years ago and have not looked back since. 4 years after I'm awaiting an M3 to be delivered. Moral of the story, you're too young to be somewhere you hate. I don't know how old you are, but go out there and find something that you will enjoy doing for the rest of your life. A question to ask yourself when looking for a new job: If money wasn't a factor, would you enjoy that job? Keep in contact with your managers if possible because you never know.
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A question to ask yourself when looking for a new job: If money wasn't a factor, would you enjoy that job? Keep in contact with your managers if possible because you never know.
My problem with this question is that of money wasn't a factor I would be a billionaire playboy porn star.

Know anyone hiring?
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My problem with this question is that of money wasn't a factor I would be a billionaire playboy porn star.

Know anyone hiring?
I've been thinking about starting Porn business... numsayin?
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Quit thinking and start doing while you still young, numsaying???
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Job market is shitty? You must be out of your mind... the problem isn't with the job market..
How am I out of my mind? Americans not in the labor force has hit a record 93.2 million, and the participation rate is now at 1978 levels (around 62.7%). If you believe the bullshit "official" unemployment numbers, you're the one out of your mind. When you no longer count those who have given up looking for work as unemployed, or those underemployed/part time, or those who have to work two or three shitty part time jobs to make up for the one good job they lost, then yes, then job market is just rosy.

There's a reason wages are stagnant/falling in this country. Surprise, it's not because the job market is healthy. 126,000 jobs added in March? Awful.
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I left a job I was starting to hate for an IT gig. Long story short I gave a very short notice to the first job that I was leaving, worked the IT job for about 6 months before they had layoffs. Sad to say I had to go back to the first job but didn't have much of an issue getting that job back.
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My problem with this question is that of money wasn't a factor I would be a billionaire playboy porn star.

Know anyone hiring?
Ever heard the term gay for pay? I'll be your agent and I'm sure I can find you some work.


Unless it's the CIA etc. a person can easily lie their way out of short employments gaps. It's not like you're going through a background check for a security clearance.
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Quit thinking and start doing while you still young, numsaying???
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