Q. I was recently offered a job and accepted it immediately. It is a wonderful opportunity and a step up in terms of responsibilities.
I am working with a recruiter at a well-known placement agency. The recruiter asked if I could start the new job within a week. I want to give at least two weeks’ notice. The recruiter told me that two weeks is really not necessary anymore. I was told that I should focus on the new job, not the old one. What’s your take?
A. My sense is you know what you should do, but are looking for validation. The recruiter is not providing sound advice. If I had to take an educated guess, it would be that the recruiter is driven by the fee based on your placement. A recruitment agency often issues invoices after candidates start new jobs. The sooner you start, the sooner the recruiter gets paid.
Offering at least two weeks’ notice is expected for most professional roles. Leaving your job in an honorable and ethical way is important. First, it is simply the right thing to do. Second, professional circles are often small ones. You may be working with one or more of your current colleagues at some point. We never know what the future holds.
Depending upon your career path, you also may need a professional reference from a supervisor or colleague. Separating from your current company in a professional way can only work to your benefit. Stay firm in your conviction.