I need to give one month's notice before I can leave my current job. A potential employer is in a hurry for me to join asap. He has asked if I can work part time before I join full time so I can get up to speed. Is this a good idea to do and how should compensation be?

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    Part time? How, you work all day for one place then go to another?
    – Kilisi
    Mar 23, 2017 at 10:10
  • Seems you follow me around haha. They want me up to speed so when I'm starting full time for them I can hit the ground running. They are quite swamped for work and need someone asap.
    – Allen
    Mar 23, 2017 at 10:11
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    At what time? After hours? You have a full time job....
    – Kilisi
    Mar 23, 2017 at 10:13
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    Will the first company have a problem with this? Please mention your country. Also is the one month notice by law, contract, or tradition? Mar 23, 2017 at 10:26
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    RED FLAG: All of your new co-workers are going to still be in the office from 6-10pm every day! Think long and hard about whether or not you want to work from 9am-10pm+ every day (If they're working 13+ hour days during the week, they're probably there on weekends too). Some people live to work, and if you want to devote yourself to your work, that's your call, but you damn well better be overly compensated for it.
    – Chris G
    Mar 23, 2017 at 23:25

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Is this a good idea to do and how should compensation be?

If you have the time, it can be a great idea.

Your new employer can get a bit of help during a crunch time and you can hit the ground running when you join full time. You can make a bit of extra money, and gather a lot of goodwill by showing you are willing to put in extra effort.

I've done this before. I was hired into an IT management position. During my 2-week notice period, I spent nights and weekends and designed the layout of a new mainframe computer room. In my case, I asked for no compensation.

In your case, assuming you aren't going into upper management, you should ask for your normal new salary, prorated to match the hours you actually work.

Be sure that this is all laid out in writing beforehand, and not just as an informal promise. Make sure taxes are withheld, etc. Make sure the expectations as to your time commitment are clear - that both sides know how much of your free time you can spend.

  • It is a somewhat upper management role. But not sure how much up it is. :) thanks for your experience and input. It aligns with what I was thinking, actually.
    – Allen
    Mar 23, 2017 at 10:35
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    This is the same company that 'made a mistake' with the salary range, now pressuring to start early as part time.... I'd be very careful
    – Kilisi
    Mar 23, 2017 at 10:39
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    @Kilisi good point about that. Would need to think about this
    – Allen
    Mar 23, 2017 at 10:40
  • @JoeStrazzere indeed. Well I mean I haven't decided yet and why would management be different than non management? If they are taking time from you then shouldn't you be compensated for your time?
    – Allen
    Mar 23, 2017 at 10:41
  • @Allen my experience matches up with Joe's on his comment above.
    – Neo
    Mar 23, 2017 at 11:17

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