How to Give a Two-Weeks Notice


The standard protocol for most formal resignations is to give your current employer a two-week notice when you intend to resign. This notice enables your employer to find a suitable replacement or make other preparations to cover the vacancy you will leave behind. In some employment situations, a two-week notice is contractual and you agreed to this resignation procedure when you were hired. Give a two-week notice when you intend to quit your job out of basic courtesy.

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  • Flash drive or CD (optional)
  • Educate yourself about the resignation policies and procedures at your workplace if you do not know them. Know what your responsibilities are and if you have any contractual agreements to which you must adhere as you resign. Find out how the workplace treats employees who give notice. Some employers use the two weeks to find a suitable replacement and expect you to continue to work the entire time. Other employers terminate employees immediately when they give a two-week notice. Find out if you will need to help train your replacement. Find out how the company handles severance pay and stock options when employees resign.

  • Prepare yourself to leave your work area or office upon a moment's notice, if necessary. Clean out personal belongings from your work area, remove personal files from your workplace computer, and copy them to a flash drive or CD to take them with you.

  • Deliver your resignation notice to your supervisor or boss in the prescribed format. If a verbal resignation notice is satisfactory, speak privately with your supervisor to give your resignation. If a resignation letter is customary, write a formal letter. Whether you give a verbal or written resignation, state your intent at the beginning of your speech or letter. Express regret about leaving your position and touch briefly on several positive aspects of your employment. Mention a few of your positive achievements and thank your supervisor for the opportunity to work for the company.

  • Answer questions your supervisor may have about your plans. Project a positive attitude about your current employer and position and briefly mention your future employment plans (without boasting or seeming smug).

  • Conduct yourself with dignity and class, regardless of how your employer treats you after you submit your two-week notice. If you stay on to finish the two-week period, continue working as hard as you always worked. If your employer lets you go immediately, handle it in a dignified manner. This will leave a lasting positive impression upon your co-workers and superiors--and you may come into professional contact with any of these people again in the future.

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