If you’ve found a new, better-suited position to migrate to from your current job, you’re probably in the midst of dealing with all the procedural practicalities of handing in your notice. A common question people struggle with here is whether or not to say where you’re transferring when you’re handing in your notice.
As tempting as it may be to reverse moonwalk out of your office without letting anyone know where you’re off to (particularly appealing if you’ve been in a toxic work environment, we know), it can sometimes be a little trickier than that.
If you’re unwilling to let the news slip to your colleagues, your best course of action is to ask your manager to respect your need for confidence. Though generally there are no contractual requirements to let your company know- which means you’re free to simply hand in your two weeks’ notice without any further information, some industries dictate you do not work for a competitor up to two years later. Be sure to double check this in your contract before you make your decision – these are more common in sales and recruitment.
Unless you’re really unhappy with your previous company, it may also be worth sharing the information for the sake of transparency and keeping open ties with your colleagues. It’s never a good idea to burn bridges when moving on to another job, especially if you’re still working within the same industry or area.
All this being said, as long as you’re courteous and handing it within the amount of time you’ve agreed on your contract, you needn’t state what you’ll be doing after leaving your current position when handing in your notice. Just make sure you’re saving the moon-walking for the dance floor.