What’s the right time to give advance notice to employer for transitioning to a new company - (1) after signing new job offer letter but still getting through background check, or (2) after background check is final, final? Process is taking longer than usual and I am getting closer to tentative start date and running out of time to give two week notice. Should I push back the tentative start date or instead just give notice now and hope the background check won’t cause any left field issues...

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I encountered the same issue last year where my new employer wanted me to put in my 2 weeks when my references and background check weren’t cleared and said I could take the “offer to the bank”. Given the current job market, there’s no telling if an offer could be pulled or start date pushed. I would let them know that you can join two weeks from when the background check clears / offer formalities are formalized.

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That makes sense thank you!

The new opportunity will understand the need to give advance notice and should respect your request to push the start date out. If they push back, that should give pause as it could be a sign of the culture or a pending legal issue that you don’t want hitting you when you arrive, day one.

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I had the same issue when I transitioned to my current position. I ended up giving notice before the background check came through, but I also knew the background check would not uncover anything problematic — I think that’s the key issue.

I think I’d wait until background comes thru. If it’s taking longer than usual, new employer should understand that you may need extra time to make the transition appropriately. If they push back, it’s a good opportunity to let them know that you are doing the right thing, and that they should appreciate your dedication to doing the right thing.

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Depends on what there could possibly be in your background check. If there is absolutely no way they will find anything that displeases them then I would give notice earlier rather than later. If there is the possibility that they might not like something in your background or credit report then I would wait until final.

I would wait on background if you don't want any gaps in employment. My start date got pushed due to working from home slowdowns in the process, but I was happy to have an extra week of funemployment.

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