Advice: Submitting Two Week Notice

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Appreciate the advice given on these forums. I have a very minor issue/ question for submitting my two week notice.

I'm going to change titles to finance titles so everyone is on the same page as far as my specific scenario.

I am an Analyst level and spent the first half of my time at my current firm working directly for a VP. He's the one who taught me quite a bit. He has since been promoted to MD and has been a lot more hands off. I speak to him maybe 10 minutes once a month (if that). He works at the HQ office.

I have since been place at a remote office (2-3 hours away) and work with a Senior Associate and Junior Associate at this new office.

Q1: Should I give my notice to the Senior Associate or the MD? Technically the MD is higher up the food chain but the Senior Associate is the one who actually directs my day to day.

Q2: If I should give it to my MD, I would have to request to go into the HQ location. I may end up using PTO just to submit my notice (which is fine with me, personal days don't get paid out). The Sr Assocaite may not let me go to HQ, thus meaning I may use a personal day to go work anyway.

Q2.5: The Friday I should give my notice I can't because of meetings at the remote location. The following Monday is a holiday. Should I give my notice that Tuesday? That would be more like 1.6 week notice. My other option is the earlier Wednesday, but that is 2.5 weeks and I personally don't like the risk of them letting me go sooner. I don't trust them with two pennies FWIW.

Q3: My understanding is that it's necessary to do it in person. Is this antiquated advice or does it still hold true?

Thanks everyone. Google gives a lot of mixed opinions. As Naval Ravinkant said, "All advice eventually evens out to zero."

Edit: Also, I need to leave by a set day for other career reasons. So pushing off the termination date is not feasible.

Second Edit: I am switching industries entirely so the relationship isn't important to me. Completely unrelated industries.

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Jan 9, 2020

Give notice to your immediate manager (Senior Associate) in person and call the MD after and offer to swing by the HQ sometime during your notice period.

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Jan 9, 2020

Thanks! Another concern is I want to talk to HR about paying out my vacation days. I'm concerned they will fight me on it despite it being in the employment agreement. That's what made me really want to go to HQ. HR is (weirdly) the most reasonable division

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

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Jan 9, 2020

You don't have to give notice in person. In fact, it's best done in writing. Write a formal email (in letter format) to your immediate supervisor giving notice and say why (sincerely or not). Conclude with, "Of course, I am available to discuss anything connected with my departure, if you wish."

Then, write a less formal email to the MD/former boss saying "As I just informed [direct supervisor], I will be leaving the firm on [date]. I just wanted to let you know and thank you for all the support/mentoring/wise counsel you've given me in my time here."

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Jan 9, 2020

Thanks! Good to know. That helps out logistically quite a bit.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

Jan 9, 2020

This is a great advice.

Jan 13, 2020

Bumping this for any last minute advice or anyone's $0.02

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

Jan 13, 2020

Keep the official notice matter of fact, formal, and short.

If you want, when you reach out to your mentor, think about some things that your mentor taught you that are transferable to your new job. Sometimes it's a disappointment for a mentor to see their protege leave their industry entirely, but if you are genuinely appreciative for learning some universal skill or lesson from him, I would let him know.

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Jan 14, 2020

Good stuff, thanks!

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

Jan 13, 2020

In California PTO its illegal not to payout accrued PTO.

I tried.
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Jan 14, 2020

Good info, I was unaware. I thought it was at the discretion of companies.

I must've forgot that class on employee rights in school.. oh wait, there is no such class.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

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Jan 14, 2020

On the way out, don't burn bridges.

Doesn't matter if you're moving to a new field, state, country, or planet. Might feel good in the moment, but never know when you'll have to cross that bridge again.

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Jan 14, 2020
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"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb