There is a good chance that you’ve resigned from a job at least once in your life. So you may be asking yourself, “I know what a resignation is. Why would they devote a whole blog post to this?”
The answer is simple: not everybody knows the difference.
Allow us to illustrate with a simple story. Let’s say there’s a professional in the Information Technology or Engineering field. This professional conducts a job search while they’re employed, interviewing at another company. They do a great job during the interview, and as a result, the hiring manager offers them the job.
So the person goes to their boss and says . . . that they resign?
No, they don’t do that. Instead, they simply tell their boss that they have an offer of employment from another organization.
That may sound like a resignation. However, it is NOT a resignation. At no point did the professional say, “I resign.” And they certainly did not submit a formal resignation, which would require them to put their intention in writing.
So what is actually happening in this type of scenario? What’s actually happening is that the professional is attempting to use an offer of employment from another organization to better their current employment situation. In other words, they’re hoping that their boss will try to keep them from leaving by providing them with something they really want. It could be:
- A better salary
- A more flexible schedule
- More paid time off
- Assorted company perks
Regardless of what they want, what they don’t want to do at this point is actually resign. Because if they actually wanted to resign, they would both say they wanted to resign and then write down in a letter that they want to resign. But they did not do that.
Attempting to improve your current employment situation at the expense of another organization is not resigning. And here’s the problem: if you accept an offer of employment from another organization, you should be prepared to resign. Why? Because you just gave your word to another employer that you were going to work for them!
Are you in the habit of accepting an offer of employment, knowing full well that you might not actually work for the organization that made the offer? Unfortunately, some professionals in the marketplace are in that habit. And it’s not a habit that you want to make your own.
We’ve addressed “burning bridges” as it pertains to your career in this blog before, and this definitely falls into that category. “Burning bridges” is never a good idea. You’re basically trading longer-term career growth for what is essentially a short-term gain. Now that your boss knows that you’ve been interviewing with other companies, do you think their attitude about you will change? If so, how do you think it will change?
Do you see the “can of worms” you can open with a situation such as this?
That is why it’s always better to do the right thing and act with 100% integrity all of the time. Because when you do that, you never “burn bridges” and you never open up a “can of worms.”
And most importantly, you never trade long-term career growth for a short-term gain.
The Doepker Group has experience placing candidates in the Information Technology and Engineering industries, and we can place you, as well.