I remember the first real job I ever quit. I mean, I had a little newspaper route with "The Levittown Express", but quitting that really doesn't count. I never had a boss looking over my shoulder, checking the quality of my work. My output was not someone else’s input. Also, I was probably 7 years old when I quit that job and I knew less than nothing at that point.
No, the first job I ever quit was my job stocking shelves at Bradlees.
The year was 1995. I had joined their team during the summer between 11th and 12th grade. It was a relatively fun job putting sports gear and action figures up, straightening and fronting the merchandise. There was even a cute girl that worked the electronics counter that I got to talk to occasionally. I really liked the job and felt bad when summer was over and I had to quit to go back to school. I probably could've kept working part-time, but I was afraid that it might affect my grades in my Senior Year. So I quit.
Unfortunately, at this point in my life, nobody had informed me that it was customary to give your employer a two week notice before leaving. It was a training event for me. When I spoke to the store manager, I remember how her nostrils flared. She had assumed that since I didn't give her my notice earlier, that I would be staying on over the fall. I let her know that it was my last day. That was when she told me about the two week notice.
The reason I bring this up is as a reminder that sometimes someone is counting on you; others have expectations that they expect you to meet. If for some reason you cannot do something expected of you, it is usually a good idea to give notice ahead of time. Do not wait until the last moment, because you might leave someone in a bind. Try to be respectful and always remember to give an employer two weeks notice so that they can try to find a replacement.
Please feel free to leave a comment. Tell me about the first job you ever quit.
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