When to give notice

  1. I am wondering I have been waiting to be credentialed by the VA. This has been a very time consuming process. The HR rep previously stated he wanted me to start on 3/5. The challenge with this is I had repeatedly told him I needed to give 4 week notice, secondary to wanting to get paid my vacation time. However after many phone calls I have just received my letter of confirmation today around 4pm. So the earliest I would be able to giv emy notice will be tomorrow by phone or Thursday. To start on 3/5 will not let me give adequate notice. I am wondering am I wrong to ask to start on 3/19?
    I have worked for my current employer for 15 years and don't want to burn any bridges.
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  3. by   BishopLPN
    Your start time is usually based on when the next new employee orientation class is scheduled. I do no believe that you are able to pick a specific date to start.

    Your best bet is to reach out to the hiring official and request a later start time. I did it when I was hired. It pushed my start date back a month.
  4. by   brap740
    I just went through this. Took a job at the va. The day I applied I told my manager. Gave her notice. I was in her unit for 6 years. She appreciated the notice. Longer notice the better.

    However I don't see myself going back ever. 2 weeks notice is sufficient in normal business. Probably 6 weeks to 12 weeks for nursing.

    But at the end of the day don't jeopardize your opportunity in the VA for your old job. If your old job was great you wouldn't of applied to the Va right?

    if the offer is in writing and you accepted you could ask for start date to get pushed back. Va where I'm at is very flexible. But really I wouldn't change it. The job is too good of a job to jack around with start dates. The manager will appreciate you earlier than later.....
  5. by   SubieRN
    Quote from special1rn
    I am wondering am I wrong to ask to start on 3/19?
    I have worked for my current employer for 15 years and don't want to burn any bridges.
    In our VA facility, start dates coincide with the start of a pay period (every two weeks). You should be able to request a later start date, and if you give the same reason/rationale that you've given here, it shows your new employer that you are conscientious. Just keep in mind that you don't know how long the position you'll be filling has been vacant, which may impact the hiring manager's ability to accommodate your request.

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