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Old 06-22-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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What is a reasonable time period in which to start work? What is your experience?
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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Up to two weeks, but it does depend on your needs and the needs of the hiring company.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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yes, anything more than a month is excessive.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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from my experience anywhere from right away to a month. i think 2 weeks is about normal, depending on what they have to get ready before you arrive. when i started my current job it was during the summer and i had to wait for the HR person, my future boss, and myself () to all go on vacation before I could start.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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2 weeks is typical I think. I like to give 2 weeks to my old employer before starting the new job.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies, all. I wonder if the expectation would be different for someone who doesn't have a job currently. I hope it would still be reasonable to take 2 weeks.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:10 PM
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Thanks for the replies, all. I wonder if the expectation would be different for someone who doesn't have a job currently. I hope it would still be reasonable to take 2 weeks.
I remember receiving a offer on a Wednesday and being asked to start the following Monday. I didn't like that at all. I would prefer atleast a week
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:27 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have had people start the next week or as much as 5 weeks later. It's subject to negotiation if the new employee has something planned, want to give more notice, has to relocate, or if we have to set up a new workstation or a key person is on vacation.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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I'm taking the summer off and traveling before I start my new job. The last time I started a new job I didn't take any time off, finished Friday at one and started Monday at the other. I don't reccomend that. I think it's important to take some time to clear your head and prepare yourself for the new position.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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From my experience and from what others have told me, most people would start immediately or within 2 to 3 weeks, unless the hiring company specifically tells you a much later time frame after making you a formal offer. If it is a larger company, it could take a little time where as a small mom-and-pop company is often quicker.
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