I work in a big technology company as an I.T. analyst in a department with two other people. Last month I started searching for jobs and attending interviews but I am a little anxious about the notice. The contract says that I must inform them at least one month before leaving the company. There's a chance in a job that I am being interviewed right now to be asked (If hired) to start working earlier than 30 days.
I have perfect professional communication with everyone in my current position and my managers are happy with my work. I don't want to risk getting a reference letter later or do something that I'll carry on my back for the rest of my career. So, If I decide to ask for a decrease in the notice days, how am I going to negotiate it in a smart way?
There are three problems:
- It's a bit critical position for the company but not enough to let me go in one month (as the contract says). If I am going to ask to leave in three weeks, they will need to find a new person in - at least - two weeks and then I am going to train him in one week which is pretty tough (there is a lot of knowledge to transfer..).
- There is the chance that they'll not find a replacement in one month (due to the complexity of the interview process). How do I address this? Should I just say "I'm sorry, I got to leave but I left you all documentation necessary" ?
- I have 6 vacation days which I didn't take on 2015, so they'll have to do something with them. Hopefully to pay them ?
The ideal for me should be to take advantage of all the good communication and work I have done for the 5 years I've been working for the company and ask them for a favor they can't refuse. I might need to add a bit of pepper to the recipe, by politely letting them know that I'll do my best If it's three weeks instead of doing what I am supposed to do as the contract says (just typical) ?
That's all, what do you think ?