Quitting Without Notice

job resignationWhen an employee quits his/her job, the standard practice is to give two weeks’ notice. Or if you have a contract that states how much notice you have to give, you must follow it.

Why is it necessary to give two weeks notice?

Giving two weeks’ notice is simply common courtesy to let your employer know that you are quitting your post. Two weeks notice is also important for business continuity. It gives your current employer the time needed to find a replacement.

Giving two weeks’ notice also sends a signal to your new employer what you will do when you leave his company. Finally, giving two weeks’ notice is important because that often the only information a former employer will give a prospective new employer is your dates of employment, final salary, and whether or not you are eligible for rehire at that company.

What happens if you do not give two weeks notice?

Giving two weeks’ notice let’s your employers know that you are not "burning bridges". Leaving on good terms makes you more likely to receive a letter of recommendation from your soon-to-be-former boss.

Leaving without notice gives your new (or prospective) employer an insight into what you will do in the future in his/her company. Your new or prospective employer will know that you may not give him/her two weeks’ notice when the time comes. It could also ruin your chances of being considered for a job.

Also, quitting without notice makes you ineligible for rehire with most companies. And since most applications ask for your work history that goes back at least 10 years, this could have repercussions that could follow you several jobs into the future.

Thus, even if you want to leave a job you do not like, it is still wise to serve those extra two weeks because the relief you will get from finally being free of the job you do not like is outweighed by the possible problems leaving without a notice might bring.

Bottom line, unless you are going through a very serious situation, for instance your physical well-being is in jeopardy, it is best to give two weeks’ notice. It allows you to keep valuable networking connections that can be very useful in the future.


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