Everybody has worked a job that they didn't like. More than likely, this includes you. And once you had the opportunity to leave that job, you did.
Unfortunately, there's a chance that you will once again work a job that you do not like. And once again, you'll have the opportunity to leave. Hopefully, despite how much you dislike the job, you will give the employer the appropriate two-week notice.
Yes, you may not want to. Yes, the thought of working another minute at the company might make you sick to your stomach. However, giving the appropriate amount of notice is still the right thing to do. And even if that doesn't sway you, keep in mind that it's also the right thing to do for your career.
First, there's an element of personal branding involved here. As we've discussed before in this blog, your personal brand is built upon all of the encounters that you have with people. Every interaction is important. People's experience with you forms the individual building blocks of your brand. It doesn't matter if you like the person or not. Your interaction with them and their experience dealing with you ultimately affects your brand.
With that in mind, you want every interaction to be as positive as it can be. If you simply quit your job and leave the same day, that is not a positive interaction. That's a negative one, and there will be many people who will have a negative opinion of you and your brand because of how you handled the situation.
Below are three more reasons to give the appropriate amount of notice, some of which also involve personal branding:
#1 - A solid recommendation
If you give the appropriate amount of notice and you're still in good standing with your boss or supervisor, they may give you a solid recommendation in the future. You can never have too many friends in the employment marketplace, and you never know when you're going to need a solid recommendation. This falls into the category of "don't burn your bridges."
#2 - Better networking options and opportunities
If you leave without giving the appropriate amount of notice, then it's your co-workers who will be left to pick up the slack in your absence, until the company can replace you. Giving appropriate notice is a goodwill gesture with those soon-to-be-former-colleagues. They'll be more likely to keep you within their networking circle.
#3 - An (unexpected) early release
Even if you give a two-week notice, your employer might not keep you for two weeks. They could release you after one week. Or one day. They might even release you the same day. It depends upon the circumstances and the organization. And if that's the case, it's a win-win situation for you! You did the right thing and you still didn't have to work the whole two weeks.
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