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Old 11th Apr 2009, 10:35   #1
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Got a new job - should I sign contract before resigning current job?

Well as per title - I got a new job at an awesome company! I will have to get used to using Macs there, though.

On Tuesday I'm going to have to tell my boss that I'm leaving and agree an official end date. But I've not signed any contract yet with this new company.

Should I / is it normal to ask to sign a contract for the new job before I even give in my notice, or would you say the email + phone message from them is enough to secure my new job?

It's the first time I've made an important job move and I don't want anything going SNAFU, such as the new company backing out after I've handed in my resignation.

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Old 11th Apr 2009, 10:59   #2
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Get the contract signed before committing to leaving your current role.
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Old 11th Apr 2009, 11:01   #3
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yes, never ever resign before being 100% sure you have the job and that means a contract and start date.

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Old 11th Apr 2009, 11:07   #4
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Get it signed first with a proviso that you might have to negotiate your end date/start date.

Do NOT resign before the contract has been signed.
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Old 11th Apr 2009, 11:11   #5
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Two weeks before Christmas 2004 I was offered a new contract job starting 4th Jan. Handed in my notice in my current contract, only to be told a few days later that the new contract may "be delayed". Spent a rather anxious xmas and new year having heard nothing more, and then was told the contract was no longer going ahead.

I learnt 2 things from this:-

1) Don't trust recruitment agencies
2) Don't resign until have a signed contract for a new job.
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Old 11th Apr 2009, 11:32   #6
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yes, never ever resign before being 100% sure you have the job and that means a contract and start date.
Agreed. Also once you've got used to using the Apple computers you'll turn into an Apple owner yourself and that's a slippery slope. Go see the Apple forums where people buy one then another, then another...


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Old 11th Apr 2009, 22:48   #7
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Agreed. Also once you've got used to using the Apple computers you'll turn into an Apple owner yourself and that's a slippery slope. Go see the Apple forums where people buy one then another, then another...
Lies, I repaired Macs for 10 years and only ever owned 1 of them Frankly I couldn't stand to look at them once I got home

@OP - any company that expects you to resign before signing a contact isn't worth working for, if they're not prepared to wait then tell them to stick their job where the sun doesn't shine (and I don't mean Scotland.)
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Old 11th Apr 2009, 23:20   #8
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Get the contract signed before committing to leaving your current role.
thread could've been closed after post #2.

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Old 11th Apr 2009, 23:30   #9
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1) Don't trust recruitment agencies
This. Silver-tongued liars, manipulators and peddlers of false hopes the lot of them. Hopefully one side effect of the "credit crunch" will be the demise of this type of business.

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