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To Do: "Quit Job"

December 13, 2007

This was not only the most satisfying thing to put on my to do list, but also the most satisfying to check off!

Actually, I really like my job. They don’t discriminate based on age and experience–if you are good, you will be given good tasks and responsibility. In my short time there (1.5 years), I was able to be recognized as a “high performer” and given a key role on my team. Which is really great–you don’t have people forcing you to “pay your dues”. If you can do the task, your dues are considered paid and you are thrown in there. There are several young employees (under 30) that have really big leadership roles in our group, and I don’t think I am too far behind. Besides that, I have gotten to work on challenging and rewarding projects and like my coworkers.

I’m resigning because I’m relocating to Los Angeles (for personal reasons) and the branch in that area really doesn’t do any interesting work. I was very nervous about putting in my notice, until my manager informed us all that he had been promoted and would be moving to a branch in Texas. That made it easier for me. I set up a meeting with my manager, which I titled “Short Discussion”, which I assume made it obvious what it was about. I don’t usually schedule meetings with my manager, and a vague title usually means the employee is quitting. He said he knew when he got the invite.

So, I resigned, effective January 11th. I gave them about a month’s notice, which maybe is more than “standard” but I felt it was appropriate, considering we get a week and a half off for Christmas.

Today my manager presented me with the idea of working remotely from Los Angeles, with a salary differential for cost of living figured in. I was really surprised by the idea, and felt it showed they really appreciate my work. Ultimately, it probably won’t work out. I don’t think I’d do well working in isolation. At this point in my career it is best for me to be surrounded by really brilliant people and learn as much as possible from them. Not to mention, how would I meet new people if I worked alone? I expressed my concerns, and really, I don’t think it would be best for the company either. He was fine with that, but said he just had to discuss it with me.

Tomorrow, we can tell the rest of my team.

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