People move from job to job much more often these days. In this type of environment, you may be wondering if the traditional two weeks’ notice is still as common a practice as in the past.
Contrary to what some may believe, giving two weeks’ notice is not a legal requirement. If you are an at-will employee, you can quit your job at any time, and you don’t have to tell your supervisor that you’re leaving.
Nonetheless, it’s still a good idea to give your employer two weeks’ notice for several reasons. First of all, you want to give them time to begin looking for a replacement. It also gives you time to finish up whatever projects you are currently working on and to pass along unfinished tasks to coworkers.
Moreover, you don’t want to burn any bridges by taking an abrupt departure. Your supervisor is much more likely to give you a good recommendation if you extend him or her the courtesy of a two weeks’ notice.
How To Do It
1. Notify your supervisor
This is the first thing that you need to do. Don’t tell anyone before you have given notice to your supervisor. He or she would not appreciate finding out about your departure from someone else.
Also, avoid posting any announcement on social media before you have notified your supervisor.
2. Prepare your announcement
Your announcement should be something simple, direct, and professional.
For example, you can mention how much you enjoyed working for your current employer and how much you have learned in the job, and then inform your supervisor of your reason for leaving, which most commonly is to take advantage of another opportunity. Also be prepared to provide a date for your last day on the job.
Be prepared for any questions that you might get from your supervisor, such as whether you would be willing to consider a counteroffer.
Giving notice is not something you want to relegate to e-mail. It should be done in person
3. Facilitate a smooth transition
Use your two weeks to tie up any loose ends and make the transition easier for anyone taking over your responsibilities. This could include things like making a list of your current job duties and providing suggestions for others who are taking over your tasks.