I'm close to getting an amazing offer I can't reject. At the same time, I've been given a lot of new projects in my current role. Any advice on resigning without feeling like a huge jerk for leaving?

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Just leave gracefully and do not speak ill of your current place. Simply, I started this process quite awhile ago and it’s truly something that I can’t pass up. I’m appreciative of everything xyz agency had done and all the opportunities given for my growth. I hope we work together again in the future as it’s been a pleasure

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You're not leaving anyone behind. Those people are there doing a job in exchange for payment for their work and would leave as soon as they get a better offer as well. This is business and not personal. Give your two weeks notice and make sure to take another off in between gigs to rest and celebrate. Hope the offer does come and it all works out (but know nothing is real until it is so let's get that in writing first 😉 ). Good luck!

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No company will ever have loyalty to you. They'll throw you out with the trash and never think twice about it, so have no loyalty to them. Just be cordial and professional.

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They would fire you in a heartbeat without thinking twice. As stated above, do your best to leave things tidy and enjoy your new gig.

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“Go on, take the money and run.”
- Steve Miller

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Offer to do whatever it takes to smooth the process until you leave.

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Agreed with all the above. It’s business, never personal. You *could* give your 3 or 4 weeks notice (Beyond the regular 2) as a sign that you’re committed to a seamless transition.

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Nah that's too long and not needed. They'll be just fine without you and I mean that in a good way.

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After you give your two week notice, work has hard as you can on your existing projects and make sure your transition of responsibilities is both smooth and thorough. Don’t leave anyone hanging. You could also say that you will be available after you leave to answer any questions or provide any guidance.

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I agree with work as hard as you can while you are there. But keep in mind if there is conflict of interest, you may not be able to be as helpful as you intend if you offer to answer questions after you leave. It all depends on the questions being asked. I'm not saying to be rude by any means. Always leave on a positive note and leave a good impression.

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This is my first time resigning from an agency, so any advice appreciated! I feel bad for making connections with clients and internal teams and then leaving them behind while I pursue a dream job.

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Don’t feel bad. Just exit on a positive note, with two weeks notice—or more if you can

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Agree with most people here. Be professional. If staying an extra week is helpful, offer it up. Remember, you’re not just leaving the company you’re leaving your team. How you do that will go a long way with them too. It’s still a pretty small industry and your reputation matters. Working hard until your last day and not checking out will go a long way with a lot of people.

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Write some thank you notes to the people you worked closest with and liked the most. A hand written and genuine thank you goes a long way

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Just be honest. If the offer you have is better for your career path, just say that. Don’t burn a bridge is the key thing. If you can give them a little extra time to get transitioned 3 or 4 weeks notice) that helps too. But, nothing beyond that. Be firm, polite, honest.

It’s never the “perfect” time to leave. Do what’s best for you, your team will understand.

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