I have a a situation, and I am really unclear as to how to proceed.
As many of you know, I've been looking for a full-time job for a couple of years. It's been a test in patience, but finally, a ray of hope. I am shortening the story in the interest of time, but I received an interview request and a job offer on the same day for two different positions at two different organizations (coincidentally both were on my birthday). The request for interview came that morning, the job offer that afternoon. With the job market being what it is, I accepted the job offer, even though I knew that the interview would be for a better paying position (an increase in pay of about 40%). I've been thru enough interviews/job screenings to know that the better job wasn't a guarantee.
Miracle of miracles, I was offered the better paying position about 1 1/2 weeks after the start of the first job. Of course, I'm training. I treated the original position as if the other potential job didn't exist because I couldn't bank on that. The new job won't start until Nov 5, which is still a few weeks from now, and I still have to do my drug screen, which I don't anticipate will come back undesirable.
Is it still appropriate to give two weeks notice in this instance? I am not trained; I basically come to work just to answer the phone and observe everyone else who has system access. Should I just continue to come to work until I get the results of the drug screen back? I've already received the formal offer letter, but I feel so guilty about all of this because everyone has been nice and happy to have me there. But, they are not going to be able to come close to the salary that this new job is offering. The hiring manager stressed that the salary that I got is a real reach.
Maybe I'm making a mountain out of a mole hill, but I've never been a position like this before. I went from having a job I hated to having a new job and now an even better job. I want to be fair to the people here before I leave, but I don't know how to go about that. So, I say all of this to say, how do I appropriately give notice and when should I do it? Or, do I just walk in one day and say that I'm not returning. In this instance, does it even matter? Thanks for any help you can provide.