Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I have moved (well, at least vocally)

Considering the name and intent of this blog, I apologize for there not being much online action of late. I'm glad to have the readership and participation that we have and I'm always hoping to build on it. Surely you guys come back hoping for someone else's rants than my own!

Right, so, on that note, I have officially resigned for my first time ever. Hopefully this goes some distance in explaining the last month of downtime for the blog. Loan debt being what it is, I couldn't really risk being let go to far ahead of schedule. I listened to a lot of advice about what is too much or too little notice and opted for 5 weeks. I "tenured my resignation" on Monday, provided a formal letter on Tuesday, and started telling coworkers today. I have only 21 more work days with my first professional employer. The following week will see PT nerdiness and shenanigans in Boston and then it's on to Job #2. I will be the float PT (full time) between teams that specializes in Brain Injury (Stroke and Traumatic).

I am definitely excited about that but I'll save my best case scenarios for another blog. A few thoughts on resigning. One, everyone tells you something different about "appropriate notice". Two, even if you don't intend to turn in "the letter" on the day you give verbal notice, it helps to have it written. Three, your employer will ask where you are going. Four, they will not like your answer (but will tell you what they wish you were doing instead). Five, at least one coworker will always claim they 'saw it coming.' And six, you will end up feeling like you should have told more people at once to avoid repetition and gossip.

What have you all notice about resigning? How much notice did you give? Any horror stories?


1 comment:

  1. My first resignation was a shock to my clinic supervisor but it went well, considering. I had been there a year, had bought a condo, and never gave a clue to anyone what I was planning on doing. I gave a 4 week notice, which I think is appropriate for health care for them to find a suitable replacement. I find if you say "I have an opportunity that I cannot pass up" it's more difficult for people to argue for you to stay. Since then, I've been a traveler and the thing with that is that every place wants you to stay! So, although you don't have to resign, you always have to have a good statement planned for anyone who is wondering why you are leaving.