I realized in my career to date only once have I given a two weeks notice. It was my first full-time job, I was there for a year and recruited for another position that paid about $20k more (which was a lot considering I was making $30k and barely breaking even.) But it felt ok to put in my two weeks notice then because there were a lot of people doing the same job and my leaving wouldn’t have a major effect on the company. They’d just hire another me.
Going forward I’ve been fortunate enough to either work in consulting positions or to, after years of service, get laid off. Well, lay offs aren’t fortunate, but they at least make transitions clean and quiet. This time around, alternately, it’s quite uncomfortable. Not to be self absorbed but my leaving is a bigger deal now than it was at my first job when I walked away from a very junior level position. My leaving sends a message, even if it’s not the one that I want to send. Continue reading Challenging Two Weeks (Notice)