“The non compete clause is never enforced. I’m not worried if they find out where I am going.”
A very real guy I know said that to his new boss. He went back and bragged to his old coworkers about the new job. He got a phone call from his old company’s lawyer. Guess what? They are enforcing the non compete clause. If he fought it, he very well might beat it. But during the ensuing battle he couldn’t work. So he is staying. What do you think his career path looks like now?
Resignation should always be done with a simple letter stating:
I appreciate the opportunity I have had to work for XYZ Company. I am resigning my position effective <date>.
Don’t say where you are going. Don’t brag to your coworkers. Don’t even admit which state or industry you will be in.
What if there is not a non compete clause in your contract? You should resign the same way.
You may be accused of bringing trade secrets to the new employer. They may not be able to stop you, but they can still cause you and your new company pain in the courts.
Resigning should always be done the same way. Simply and quietly. Gloating is never a good idea.
Something To Do Today
Don’t quit today unless you already have a new job. Then quit in a short professional letter of resignation. Practice avoiding questions about where you are going to work.
Suicidal glory is the luxury of the irresponsible. We’re not giving up. We’re waiting for a better opportunity. (Bujold)
Later: How to resign – Part 2
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