Normally this is a pretty easy question for me to answer, but my current situation makes it difficult. One week ago, I was approached by a recruiter for a potential job. Within the week, I went through 2 interviews and they sent me a offer letter the same week. Everything moved very fast. I have verbally accepted the offer and have every intention to sign the contract. They have offered a start date 2 weeks from today, pretty standard.
While that is all great, my current company has a large trip planned for a client. I have to go on this trip because of the nature of the deal and I leave tomorrow.
I am unsure when the appropriate time is to hand in my notice and if I should accept the start date 2 weeks from now, or push back on my next employer and request a start date 3 weeks from now.
The problem: I leave for the trip tomorrow... Do you recommend I should....
1.) Handing in my 2 weeks notice today: Might distract everyone from the trip with the client. After returning, I would only have a week to help them transition. In effect, this would really only be 1 week of work. Bridges might be slightly burned because of the short notice period and this will completely blindside them (me leaving).
2.) Handing in 2 weeks notice after the trip: The trip would go as planned with no distractions, everyone would be focused. I could then spend 2 weeks after the trip helping them transition. Cons would be that I have to push back on my next employer and revise the start date a week later. Another Con would be I might be looming over the conversation I have to engage in when I return from the trip.
** I understand that I do not owe my current company anything, But I really like the people and they have done great by me, it is just time to move on. Plus, it is the same industry and in the same city, so I would want to limit the "burned bridges"
EDIT: This is being done through a recruiter. I asked the recruiter if pushing back the start date is viable. The recruiter informed me to do what is comfortable but they advised to try and stick to the start date in the original contract. Wondering if they just get paid quicker? Not sure