When a job is accepted, both parties make a commitment with the best of intentions, but things don't always go according to plan. Either party can end the relationship at any time for any reason, but it's important for the employee to leave in a professional and positive way.
Honesty and integrity are always appreciated. Be straightforward and explain that you were approached about an exciting, compelling opportunity, and you have decided to pursue it.
It is standard practice to offer two weeks' notice to your current employer, which is generally considered fair for everyone. If your current employer asks you to leave immediately for confidentiality reasons or because they are offended by your decision, you should handle this gracefully.
Always show your appreciation for the opportunity they have offered you. Ask if there is anything that you can do to help transition your work to someone else. Most employers will understand and appreciate the way you have handled the situation.
Gary Platt is president of Strategic Recruiting.
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