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Quitting and Handing in Your Letter of Notice...

Uh-oh, it’s time to face the boss with that dreaded letter of notice…no one likes doing that. Even if you are tempted to throw the letter down on their desk and strut out of there singing Aretha Franklin songs, we’d advise that you don’t…for the following reasons:

•    There’s still that matter of getting a reference, and although it is against corporate policy to give you a bad reference, it’s not worth leaving on a bad note

•    You never know when you might need the company again (not that you’re thinking of coming home anytime soon, but you just never know)

•    The grapevine is a nasty thing sometimes! You’d be surprised how quickly word spreads. So you might not want to be known as ‘the one who broke the photocopier with their buttocks while singing the theme tune to Rocky!’

If you've already handed in your letter of notice, how did it go? What advice do you have for others?

Maybe don't leave it until you get here before telling your boss that you're quitting...

Photos from Gap Daemon and Beach Tomato

"Dear Boss,

I'm outta here!

Best wishes,

Former Employee of the Month, 2004"

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ytrewq2 - My advice is to look out for yourself first but speak to your employer if it makes you feel better! That's what I've done in the past (was in a similar pickle). If you have a three month notice, that should tie you over until April? Plus, if they really value you, they won't be in a huge rush to get you out the door.


Good luck to you!

ytrewq2 - My advice is to look out for yourself first but speak to your employer if it makes you feel better! That's what I've done in the past (was in a similar pickle). If you have a three month notice, that should tie you over until April? Plus, if they really value you, they won't be in a huge rush to get you out the door.


Good luck to you!

Im actually quite worried about this. I don't really know what to do. 

Thing is, its not an Asda job or anything like that where there are loads of employees that can fill in etc etc.
I took a job at a conservatory manufacturer as a junior Architectural Technician, and it turns out that I'm actually here to replace the senior technician who retires in April. I am leaving that exact same month :S!

I don't know whether to tell my boss now so he has more time to find someone, but risk having to leave too early and not be able to save. Or, I tell him in April and kind of screw him over in terms of replacing me.

My plan so far is to find a temporary 3 month job so I can leave soon and not screw them over as much as hell have 3 months to replace, and I can still save.

Such a pickle, but itll be worth it come June :D! 

My recruiter actually emailed my boss and asked for a reference, argghhh!! My fault for listing him as a reference on my cv. I was disappointed because I actually wanted to be the one to tell him.


As for my colleagues, we had a new girl start and she has the same name as me. However my boss told her she need not worry about clients getting confused between us because I'm leaving. She ended up telling all my colleagues. Disappointed again because I wanted to tell them.


So basically that's how it went for me. I never got the chance to tell anyone. However they're all very supportive, mostly my boss :) He's happy to take me back should I decidede to return in the near future (highly doubt it) It's always a plus leaving on a good note.

Actually with my last job in the Uk I just went in the office and said "I'm leaving" and he said "when?" and I said "today".  Should have given me a contract?  Last boss was so bad we left on bad terms (in Spain), long story, but if he tried to say anything bad about me it would end up much worse for him seeing as all his staff are working illegally!


Sorry! I'm not a very good example for your advice am I?  Being self-employed is much better, then all your customers buy you cards nd presents and say how much they'll miss you!

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