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09/26/2003 Archived Entry: "over the hump"
Posted by CKL @ 10:58 PM PST

Well, it's done... I gave notice at work today. I'm leaving PalmSource in two weeks and starting my new job on October 13th. In between, I'll be road-tripping down to San Diego for BuffyFest! It's all terribly exciting.

I probably spent more time than I needed to, agonizing over how to break the news to PalmSource. I wasn't very happy in Marketing, and things had gotten better since I moved to IT a few months ago, but in the process of making that transition happen, I re-examined and reconsidered many of my work-related priorities. And then this great opportunity came along...

All the "how to resign" web sites I looked up recommended not telling my soon-to-be-former employer where I was going, just as my friend Loren had suggested earlier this week. At first, I thought it seemed a rather impersonal and marginally hostile attitude, but then I realized that there are good business reasons for doing this, no matter how friendly you are with your co-workers. (Not that the advice sites actually tell you this-- they just tell you what to do, without really explaining why. Annoying. This is also why I hate Ann Landers and Dear Abby.)

It's a bit sad that the corporate world forces us into these roles, but such is life. In the end, I went with a minimalist resignation letter, choosing to give more information verbally and as I felt was appropriate in a variety of circumstances. So far, it's been working out, and I haven't told anyone at work where I'm going-- though I'm sure I will, eventually. It's all about reading the room.

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