Finding a new job is always a freaky experience. I find that no matter how dissatisfied you are with your current place of employment, it's always easier to just stay there. After all, you've built up a reputation, made some friends, and have a set routine. But sometimes, you just have to take the plunge and move onto greener pastures. I've been at my current job for the past 2 years, and today, I gave my 2 weeks' notice.
This is not the first time I've given my notice. I did the same thing 2 years ago when I left my consulting job. It's funny though, how it never gets easier the 2nd time around. Don't get me wrong...I'm glad I'm leaving, but I hate dealing with the boss' reaction to my departure.
Below are some typical boss reactions, along with what I WISH I could've said to their faces but didn't. :)
Boss: This is really bad timing. Can you stay longer?
Me: What part of two weeks' notice do you not get? When I told you I got a job elsewhere, clearly I've already lined up a start date at the other company. THINK, DAMMIT, THINK!!!
Boss: Oh, this came as a complete surprise.
Me: I guess when I told you a few months ago that I wasn't happy with the way things were going, you thought I was just sitting in your office using up the precious oxygen.
3. WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?
Boss: Why didn't you tell me sooner? I wouldn't have pushed for that raise for you if I had known.
Me: If I was actually looking for a counter-offer, I might have told you. But then again, maybe not. Why would I tell you that I'm planning on leaving? So you can fire me? Besides, I didn't ask for that raise. If you think that giving me a raise will get me to stay, then you're clearly missing the point.