I received an overall better job offer one week after I started to work for another company. I feel like there is no point in mentioning the 2 week leave notice as I don't have anyone to train in any task only I know how to do, and there is nothing to finish. How I should proceed? I'm aware that most likely I will burn some bridges, but I'm willing to take that risk.

  • Just have a chat to your manager. Probably not even a letter is required.
    – Ed Heal
    Commented May 7, 2021 at 20:46
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    Have you started the first job or just accepted the first job?
    – mxyzplk
    Commented May 7, 2021 at 21:41
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    And don't tell them where you're going, or they might try to contact your new employer. In fact, don't update your linkedIn for a while. Commented May 7, 2021 at 23:56
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    Please add a country tag. There is no way to write a globally valid answer to that.
    – nvoigt
    Commented May 8, 2021 at 7:26
  • Did you sign a contract? If yes, what does it say?
    – sfxedit
    Commented May 8, 2021 at 9:42

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Talk to your manager before writing a formal letter. There's a pretty good chance they'll agree to an immediate exit since they won't want to waste two weeks' salary for you to twiddle your thumbs, especially since you've only been there a week.

If you have started some work/task, be prepared to be asked to stay a short time to complete it.

I once had a developer ask to leave after only a month into her probation. We agreed she would stay to the end of the week to complete her latest piece of work and tidy up some documentation. While I was a little annoyed, there wasn't any hard feelings as I knew the other job was actually a better fit for her.

However, you should also be prepared for your current employer to be upset - filling a job is time consuming. They may go so far as to put you on a do-not-hire list, or even be petty enough to force two weeks out of you (highly unlikely though).

Depending on your location, you might even get away with simply walking off the job - but that will certainly burn bridges.


If you work an office job, it is likely that for legal purposes, the company will ask for a resignation letter no matter what. They can deliver your last paycheck on time and do any de-briefing that needs to take place.

If you don't work an office job, chat with your manager. There is likely to be some level of distress, so anticipate that, keep a cool head, and don't do anything that will wreck your chances of making a clean exit.


You'll burn a lot of bridges, and, "word gets around fast."

You accepted their offer – then decided that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. I wouldn't do that, if I were you.

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    This is a sunk-cost fallacy. There is nothing wrong with departing while only a week into a new job, in the same way that there is nothing wrong with a company dismissing you a week into a new job (exception being contractual obligations). If the new position is a better fit, it makes more sense to jump ship rather than stick it out with the 'worse' choice. The issue comes only if the transition isn't handled properly, or the prospective employee does this frequently.
    – GOATNine
    Commented May 10, 2021 at 17:05

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