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How to quit?

leftover_salmon

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So things haven't worked out -- I've only been on the job for 7 months (since graduating college), but I don't love the city in which I'm living. Aside from that fact, I like my job a lot and the people with whom I work...doesn't help that I've known all of them for 2+ years as I spent two summers as intern with the same group. An opportunity has come up for me in NYC, where I'd rather live (literally 90% of my friends are there, whereas I have just a couple non-work friends here). I tried to feel out my boss on moving (without mentioning why) and his reaction was a flat "No. We hired you for here. Maybe in a couple years." (I can't fault him for that but it was very unequivocal.) I've accepted an offer at this other firm in NYC and am wondering how to quit my job here. Problem is I'm a pansy. I work on a trading floor and I don't want a whole scene made of it. Moreover, I want to give two weeks' notice, but don't really want to work the two weeks (seems too awkward and painful to handle)...though I'm hoping they won't make me, given I'm on the private side and will be moving to another bank and working in the same group. So how do I quit professionally without having a scene made?
 

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Tell them that you recieved an offer that you couldn't refuse in New York, and while you like working there it's just the best choice for your future. They'll understand, and if they don't, then fuck them anyway.
 

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Originally Posted by Eason
Tell them that you recieved an offer that you couldn't refuse in New York, and while you like working there it's just the best choice for your future. They'll understand, and if they don't, then fuck them anyway.

pretty much
 

leftover_salmon

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How about whom do I tell? Do I tell the Managing Director (i.e. very senior position) with whom I work the closest, or the head of the group, who is technically my boss but much less involved in my day-to-day work (though he's still only ~20 feet away)?
 

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Originally Posted by Eason
Tell them that you recieved an offer that you couldn't refuse in New York, and while you like working there it's just the best choice for your future. They'll understand, and if they don't, then fuck them anyway.

Yes.
And be sure to ask these people for a nice letter of recommendation for future job hunts.
 

leftover_salmon

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Okay, I really don't want to work two more weeks. I have to pack all my shit up and move.
 

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I don't know much about trading but I'd imagine if they want to make a scene they'll make a scene. A buddy of mine quit his i-banking job after 6 months and they basically went ballistic on him.

Just do the right thing - give two weeks' notice, expect to work it all, and handle the thing with as much decorum and class as you can. You can't control them, but you can control you, and it's best to go with your dignity intact and head held high.

Good luck.
 

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Do a nice letter, sincerely thank them for the opportunity and expect to be there until the end. Be polite through and through. Say absolutely nothing untoward about your employer or fellow co-workers. Even in your exit interview with HR, be super complimentary to the people and the firm.

I've got standing offers with a few former companies because I was a good person about leaving. You never know who will remember you one day.

Re: moving. Full service moves are pretty cheap these days. Your new employer may also have discounted rates with van lines that you can use. Takes out a ton of stress and worth every penny, IMO.
 

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Originally Posted by leftover_salmon
Okay, I really don't want to work two more weeks. I have to pack all my shit up and move.

I don't think that, in trading, they will make you work for two weeks. In our industry, they usually escort you out as soon as you give notice.
 

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its business, if they had to they would cut you, so sometimes you have to do whats right for you.
 

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Man up and write your resignation letter, hand it to your boss and be done with it. Don't expect glowing references though. They should understand that people change jobs. I felt like an arse quitting my last job and thought the boss would go mental, but he thought about it for 5 mins and said 'I dont blame you, if I were offered a better job elsewhere I'd be out of here in 10 minutes'. There is usually a way of getting out of working the minimum notice, but you can expect to forfeit accrued holidays and other payouts. Hey, you accepted another job so you gotta do it. Let us know how it goes
 

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Originally Posted by MasterOfReality
There is usually a way of getting out of working the minimum notice, but you can expect to forfeit accrued holidays and other payouts.

Unless you are contractually obligated to give 2 weeks notice and stay for those full 2 weeks, they can't keep your holidays/medical/etc payouts like that. IIRC it's against federal employee law.
 

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Originally Posted by deadly7
Unless you are contractually obligated to give 2 weeks notice and stay for those full 2 weeks, they can't keep your holidays/medical/etc payouts like that. IIRC it's against federal employee law.

In my contract we have to give 4 weeks notice, but there is a clause that says that we can choose to forfeit any payouts up to the value of those 4 weeks and leave work early.

Then again every workplace is different.
 

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