If you are not working under a contract that states you must give a two week notice then writing a two
week notification letter is not mandatory under “at will” employment. You may just walk out the door if
you so desire. Due to the fact that “at will” employment under common law where no contract is
involved is defined as employment that is presumed to be voluntary and indefinite for both employees
as well as employers.
Two Week Notice Advice:
Though not required common courtesy and maintaining a good reputation suggest writing a two
week notice. Check your company’s policy manual to be certain what is called for.
If you do not give a two week notice and it is required you may be forfeiting your accrued
If you are leaving at a critical time for your company you may consider giving a four week notice.
Keep the two week notice letter short and to the point.
State explicitly that it is time to move on. However, emphasize the positive and speak briefly
about how you have benefited from working with the company.
Always offer to help with the transition.
Leave on good terms and do not be negative.
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