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Moray

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Go with Shoo's letter. It's polite, professional, and to the point.

No reason to burn bridges.
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I suppose e-mailing this video would be out of the question.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24

Seven Ate Nine

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I suppose e-mailing this video would be out of the question.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24

Only because I am really trying not to burn bridges.  I am not holding out too much hope for an exit interview, but I already have my thoughts together if I get one. 

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As others have said, you don't have to be falsely full of praise to a place you don't like working when giving notice.  However, there's a way to do it without actually lying.

12 years ago, I left this horrendous privately-owned company.  It is, hands down, the worst place I ever worked; there is no close second.  I hated that place with a passion, and the management of that company had no qualms about outright telling the employees how valueless we were, never mind the many illegal practices of company management.

Still, when I left, I made sure to not do or say anything that they could spin as a negative:

1)  I worked three 12-hr days in a row to try to tie up every loose end I could think of (no one else could do my job; they didn't have the training).

2)  When asked why I was leaving, I just said it was time for me to move on (I made sure not to give specifics to one woman who asked because I could trust her about as far as I could throw her).

3)  I also wrote an e-mail to everyone in my area thanking them for the valuable lessons I was taking with me and teaching me what kind of person I wanted to be.  This last part is significant because what I really meant was, "I look at a lot of you who've been horrible to work with over the years and remind myself that this is exactly the kind of person I do not want to be to others."

See, I could give "praise" and leave on a positive note knowing that my praise had a different meaning but that when asked if I were rehireable, my former employer had no cause to say no.  I couldn't wait until ten years had passed so I could drop them from my resume.



LeveeWoman

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I suppose e-mailing this video would be out of the question.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24

Only because I am really trying not to burn bridges.  I am not holding out too much hope for an exit interview, but I already have my thoughts together if I get one.

It's a joke, Seven Ate Nine.

We all have had Johnny-Paycheck moments.

Whoa. Let me "clarify" this.

I'm sure there plenty of people who don't know who "Johnny Paycheck" is so, maybe I should include an introductory post.

Oh, nuts.

Never mind.
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You may want to check your contract too - not getting into legalities of course, but sometimes it's specified you need to give a certain amount of notice, or you forfeit any entitlements, like accrued leave. (If that's even relevant to your situation.)

Best of luck in your new job, hope it's better than this one!

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I suppose e-mailing this video would be out of the question.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24

I will be singing that in my head when I leave my job.

Seven Ate Nine

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I suppose e-mailing this video would be out of the question.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24

Only because I am really trying not to burn bridges.  I am not holding out too much hope for an exit interview, but I already have my thoughts together if I get one.

It's a joke, Seven Ate Nine.

We all have had Johnny-Paycheck moments.

Whoa. Let me "clarify" this.

I'm sure there plenty of people who don't know who "Johnny Paycheck" is so, maybe I should include an introductory post.

Oh, nuts.

Never mind.

Oh I knew it was a joke.  My working conditions have become such though that it's getting more tempting every day.  I gave my notice today; it was much easier than I expected.  I checked my contract, which gave absolutely no indication of what amount of notice was necessary.  I have an appointment with HR tomorrow, but they at least were able to tell me on the phone that there is no contractual minimum amount of notice I had to give.  If I wanted to I could hand in my notice and walk out the door, and still be in the clear.  While I am trying very hard to "do the right thing" with regards to not completely leaving my department in the lurch, it is freeing to know that I have the option to give "30 seconds notice."