The Right Way to Give Your Two Weeks Notice 

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Negotiate womanIf you’ve had more than one job in your life, chances are you’ve had to give a two weeks notice.

And no matter how many jobs you’ve had, chances are it still hasn’t gotten any easier when you have to make that awkward step toward telling your boss you’re moving on.

What is a Two Weeks Notice?

A two weeks notice is the proper acceptable timeframe to give your company and your boss notice that you will be leaving your current position of employment.

Industry practice dictates that giving two weeks notice of your impending departure is sufficient enough and it is generally regarded as satisfactory.

However, there may be cases where you may want to give more than two weeks notice. Say if your company is currently in the middle of a very big project. It would be wise to think carefully of your decision to give longer than a two weeks notice.

You may think you are doing your company a favor by letting them know further in advance that you will be quitting soon. But your company could very well let you go on the spot , especially if you are privy to sensitive information. If you gave a month’s notice, you may find yourself out of a job a lot sooner than you expected.

Why You Should Give a Two Weeks Notice

If you really dislike your job, you may have visions of just getting up and quitting and throwing a huge tantrum with a few choice words directed straight at your boss.

However, I wisely advise you against this.

As much as we’ve all dreamed about doing it at least once in our lives, you never really know when you may need that person as a reference. The general rule of thumb is never to burn any bridges.

The Right Way to Tell Your Boss Your Quitting

Set aside some time on your boss’ calendar and schedule an appointment. Start with the positives in which you explain how much you’ve grown in the company and the things that you appreciated and have gained by being an employee….but, you have decided to take another opportunity/ move on/ will no longer be working here after (insert date here).

Some bosses may know something was up, others may be completely in the dark. It’s not up to you to make them feel better if they’re upset that you’re leaving at an inconvenient time.

Most professionals will be courteous and will say something like “We’re sad to see you go.”

While it may be a difficult conversation to have, it’s important that you remember that your first loyalty is to yourself.

Your employer could let you go at any moment. While you may think you are more than just a number, you should not show your employer any more loyalty than they will show you. And bottom line is that if the company starts to struggle, you could very well be on the chopping block.

So remember not to feel guilty about giving your two weeks notice. In the end, you are responsible for guiding your own career.