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First Employer Courtesy

I am a new graduate working on my first job – I drive 1hr15min each way to my job for only two days a week (Was supposed to be FT but got split between me and 1 other applicant instead). Recently I began looking into closer, FT options as I’m trying to save for a house in the near future/pay off student loans. Currently, my office is in the middle of making me more ‘permanent’ – not increasing hours, but by adding me to their website, potentially paying some of my Yankee trip, things of that nature. I suppose my question is whether there is a common courtesy to leaving a job like this? Is there a set amount of time I should commit to them prior to leaving? I feel sort of entitled to be at their mercy because they were the first to hire me, although I know if it were a business decision on their part that they wouldn’t hesitate to cut days or let me go if it was to their own benefit.. However, at the same time I really need more hours closer to home and may have that option very soon (hopefully). I tell myself that a good sit down discussion with them if I were offered a new position would be a good way to go, but I do tend to shut down when speaking with them as they can tend to be intimidating to speak with…

Thoughts?!



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My first hygiene job I was there 3 1/2 years. I drove to another town 78 miles daily found a great place closer to home. I gave 1 month and told them it could be a little longer if needed and helped with finding them a replacement. No bridge burned. Still very happy I made that decision. I’ve been at my current job 9 years and so glad I did it.

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I currently work 80 miles away from home four days a week. I’ve been there for 2 years now. Just no jobs closer to home so I have to do what I have to do to pay the bills and student loans. I’m always on the look out for jobs closer to home. I’m on the website for my office but it does not make me feel bad if I ended up leaving because it’s very easy for them to remove my information if I was to leave. I would definitely give a good notice of at least 4 weeks if I was to leave to allow for them to fill my position. Your employer should be understanding knowing it would be better for you to work closer to home. If you want to keep it to yourself until you find such position, I don’t think that is a bad thing. You have to do what is right for you.

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Do what is best for you. 🙂

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