03/19/2004: "so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night..."
Unlike the talented singing children about to flee Nazi Germany, I am quite happy to go and leave this somewhat disturbing and unstimulating site. In case you haven't guessed it yet, the Offer of Employment has been e-mailed to me, and everything looks good. So now I have the blessed task of composing an upbeat letter that respectfully says, "I quit!"
I already have a brief letter composed, however it's a bit short on words. I don't know why, but it doesn't seem long enough. I'll probably give it another go-over at lunch and send it off to my boss and the head of HR shortly thereafter. What more really needs to be said, other than, "I'm resigning" and the date I'm leaving? "Thanks for employing me when I really needed it"? Nah, sounds desperate - although I pretty much was. "Good luck"? They need it, but... no. We'll see what I come up with.
I'm going to present this whole thing not as my escape from a sinking ship, but as an exciting opportunity that has landed in my lap, one simply far too good to even think about passing up. I'm not jumping off this ship, but jumping onto another, if you get the subtlety. Truthfully, my main reasons for leaving are the turmoil and uncertainty going on around here, but there's no point in rubbing everyone's face in that for two weeks, so I'm going to play it such that they should be happy for me.
While we're on the subject of resignation letters, you should peruse http://www.kissmyfreckledassbye.com which contains both real resignation letters and letters that people only wish they could write. Thankfully, I have no need or desire to write such a letter, but it makes for an interesting read.
So now instead of having a long day waiting for that Offer of Employment, I'm going to have a long 15 days, counting down until I'm finally outta here. Lord willing, this should be the last you hear of job searching out of me for a good, long time.