The standard advance notice time to give employers in the U.S is two
weeks. To give more than two weeks (or whatever the standard time is
in your country--perhaps 1 month) is a courtesy gesture to give them
more time to make arrangements to replace you. (The exception to this
might be very highly compensated positions with contract clauses
regarding termination notice). However, giving them more than the
standard amount of time also means they may find someone sooner rather
than later, and replace you earlier than you had anticipated on
leaving. This is especially true of positions that are dificult to
fill. You may give them 2 months notice, and a week later they locate
a suitable candidate and may decide to hire him/her right then and let
you go early, out of fear of not finding anyone more quaififed around
your planned exit date.
It comes down to how much you value the compensation the job provides
you through next summer. If you're in the U.S. and give them 1 month
notice, that's a nice gesture in and of itself, and that's what I
would do. If you're in a country where 1 month is the norm, then maybe
consider giving 6 weeks notice, but I would give no more than that, if
you want to hang onto the job until summer.
Keep in mind also that the actual duties of your job may change
significantly once you give notice. They will no longer consider you
for long term projects, and you may be excluded from certain meetings.
In short, you'll be a "walking dead man," that they are only looking
to replace, even if regretably so. You may even end up training your
successor rather than doing whatever it is you've been doing the last
If it were me, I would give 1 month's notice if in the U.S., which is
twice as long as required, barring any special contracts or hiring
clauses. If the norm in your country is 1 month, I would give 6 weeks
notice. Any more than that and you seriously jeopardize having the
income until you leave for the Seminary.
Don't forget to look out for yourself when making your graceful exit.
The following advice board deals with this subject:
[ http://www.workingwounded.com/advice/display_message.asp?mid=5823 ].
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