I’m considering not giving two weeks notice

If you think the old two weeks notice advice is outdated and doesn’t impact your new job, consider this…

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Managers are busy and when an employee leaves, even with notice, our stress levels go up. If we think you are the right person to take this extra load off our hands and we can get you to start right away we will. It never hurts to ask.

But if I were you, I wouldn’t quit right away. I’d give as close to two weeks notice as possible with your current employer and commit to a specific date with the new employer.

Here’s why.

Quitting without notice looks terrible and may come back to haunt you one day. Certainly there are extreme situations what warrant walking out but another employer asking you to start the next day doesn’t qualify.

What if things go south?
What if this new job turns out to be the worst decision of your life? You may need a good reference from your old employer. I have received calls from employers and background check companies about past employees and been asked directly how the candidate left my company. If they left on their own, I am almost always asked if they gave sufficient notice. Imagine how bad it sounds if I say, “she just quit one day and left us in a difficult situation.”

Where’s the trust?
Also consider that if your new employer sees that you willingly bailed on your current employer with no notice, do you think they trust you not to do the same to them? And, if they are unconcerned about you quitting your new job without notice just how much value does that place on your employment? If you won’t be missed and are so easily replaced then do you really want to work for that company?

Yes! We are all individuals.

What’s your value?
Lastly, if this employer isn’t willing to wait two weeks for you to start then you not only don’t want to work for them but you should seriously question if you were the best candidate for the job.

It’s one thing to hire a plumber to fix a toilet if they can show up tomorrow instead of next Thursday. It’s an altogether different situation to decide on which professional employee to hire based primarily on how quickly they can start. If the employer will go with someone else because they were willing to quit their current job, then chances are good that the employer has little interest in keeping that employee long term. The situation just smells bad for everyone involved.

The right way to do it.
I understand that you are nervous about losing the job offer, but you risk too much by not giving notice. To make yourself and your new employer feel better about the situation, consider preparing for your new role before showing up for the first day. Ask for documentation and information critical for the position and explain that you will do everything in your power to be ready to hit the ground running.

The two weeks will sound more like prep time and not dead time. Even if the new employer can’t send you internal information due to company policy, the sincere gesture will go along way to cementing your success.