|I haven't had that experience at all. In high-level professional positions it's mandatory and depending on the level 3-4 weeks is sometimes even the norm. You can't just walk out on your employer, it'll burn a bridge and word will get around. And employers would never tell an employee to just leave, they want them to finish up and possibly help transition their replacement (of course that doesn't apply if someone's being fired, presumably behind the scenes everything is already set by the time the firing is done). Employers understand this and never expect someone to start ASAP. They know they need to give notice. Hell, half the time it takes a week just for someone to negotiate terms and accept a position after all the counter-offers are weighed. If you're in the job market, you not only have your current employer to consider but you have other interviews lined up too. If you get an offer, you need time to inform EVERYONE, including employers you just interviewed with yesterday who might not make a decision for a week. You need to tell them to hurry up because you're about to be off the market. Nothing happens quickly and any employer who expects spor of the moment decisions won't last very long. It's unprofessional and unrealistic. Even if I'm salivating at an offer, I'm not accepting for several days because to do so isn't the norm and wouldn't be expected anyway, I'm holding out and leveraging my position. And if someone ever expected me to leave without giving notice, I'd look at him like he had 3 heads. That's just ridiculous. In 2008, it's more relevant than ever because everything is so much more complicated. Just e-mailing files and documenting processes and letting everyone know your passwords to everything might take 3 weeks.
I had a client last year who was some J.R. Ewing hotshot wannabe. Made a few million in Texas in real estate and moved to NY to do it again. This guy had us recruiting for a Financial Analyst and wanted him out of a firm like a Goldman Sachs. He was offering $200,000 plus bonus but a small company like that doesn't have much in the way of insurance and the bonus might be great or might be nothing. So it's not an easy fill. I found my man though and the client loved him. Big problem, he offered him the job on the spot and asked him if he could start on Monday. The guy gave me a call and told me to find more professional clients in the future. Someone like that would need a weeks just to consult with his family, financial advisors, accountant, etc. and that's before he even gave his 2 weeks notice. The client became a laughingstock and word got around those circles and he never could find a top-ter Financial Analyst again. I think he wound up recruiting some kid out of Wharton who just wanted to get his feet wet, and he overpaid for him. You don't pull that shit with Goldman. You do yahoo moves like that in real business, and people laugh at you.
Last edited on Thu Mar 13th, 2008 09:06 pm by srossi
This thread was great before AA ruined it.