What is the appropriate amount of time to give a resignation notice for a job?

I started a job about 4 months ago as a paralegal at a maritime and admiralty law firm. I absolutely hate it here as the main attorney and owner of the firm is a big tyrant and goes on rampages on everyone about the billing every month and yells at everyone about billing time! Obviously, he has $ signs in his eyes and does not care about his employees. In any case, a little while after I started, my fiance and I decided to move to another state, so we sold our house and will moving in 2 months. I always knew this job would be temporary because I hate it so much. I am tired of stressing each day about how I bill my time, as the owner keeps telling us that he is watching what we are entering each day. This job has stressed me out more than any other paralegal job I've had! I would like to quit today, honestly, but I don't want to burn the bridges. But, I know that I am quitting at the end of this month. So, if I gave 3 weeks notice, would that be too much? I would love to drop my notice in on Monday, but should I wait and only give 2 weeks?

Asked By: Vanessa's mommy - 3/5/2010
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It's tradition to give two weeks notice but there are no "laws" that require it. You could walk out today. It's not clear what that might due in a future job application but usually you can indicate that you do not want the new employer to contact this firm. They don't necessarily have to abide by your wishes, but a... More
Answered By: joemoser1948 - 3/5/2010
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Two weeks notice is standard. I wouldn't give three weeks - it would only give the owner more time to make you even more miserable through spiteful actions - if he's that kind of person.
Answered By: sciencegravy - 3/5/2010
2 weeks. If he is a hot head like you said he wil probably tell you to walk when he receives the resignation.
Answered By: Carlo83 - 3/5/2010
Give the 3 weeks you can then use this awful boss as a reference , least amount 2 weeks but its nice of you to give 3. good luck on your move and I hope your next job is much better
Answered By: NYgirl - 3/5/2010
in the uk a month to a week is usual
Answered By: rennickelizabe - 3/5/2010
If the place is that bad, then don't give more than the standard 2 weeks for two reasons. First, they have a right to let you go whenever they want so the sooner you tell them you are quitting the earlier they may let you go. Second, if they don't let you go, they could make ti even more miserable for you. They may try... More
Answered By: Simba - 3/5/2010
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