it's an antiquated custom, or so it seems, to give advance notice that you are resigning from a job. its common courtesy to give notice, but what is the purpose? with exception to retail and restaurant industries, i can't imagine many places that really need that notice. when was the last time, during a job interview, that you were asked about that? you've been asked about prior employment to be sure, but i'd love to be a fly on the wall for the one time someone was actually asked if they gave their two weeks. "you say you quit on the spot? no notice at all? you know two weeks IS standard right? well we thank you for your time, but you're just too high a flight risk to hire." get real!!
i just can't picture the scenario, these days, where, upon notice given, the employer would begin posting the soon to be vacant position ASAP and calling temp agencies to find cover. businesses are either hiring or they're not, from what i have seen. you've got to have the right connections or belong to the right circles to learn of those worthwhile job openings exist. even worse is the case in which you'll never know they are hiring until just after they've stopped accepting applications.
to further confuse, when was the last time an employer gave the employee ANY notice, let alone two weeks, before terminating employment? there are, of course, reasons to terminate post haste, but those should be an understood exclusion from topic.
> "the factory is cutting back on positions. we'll allow you to finish out the current pay period, but you should start seeking new employment."
> "it has come to our attention from corporate that your position has been (plutoed *see prior blog*) dissolved.
we, of course, have prepared a very reasonable severance package and thank you for all your years of service. this will take effect officially at the end of the month. please keep this information to yourself for the time being. we'll make a public statement closer to the end and allow everyone to get together to say their goodbyes."
so i take the time here to honor one that i don't even know socially, but have great respect for all the same. he deserved better than he got.