Does anyone have experience with non-competes or cool- off periods?
January 10,2023 at 4:22PM UTC
I recently left a job as a client delivery leader for an IT Services provider. Shortly after leaving (in August) a recruiter from a competitor reached out to me for a very similar job. I told them I wasn't really interested, but somehow ended up going through several rounds of interviews (I know, I need to do some soul searching) and ultimately got the job. It had been about 5 months since leaving my last company and I was starting to get concerned about never finding anything else, so I took it (again, I know I have some internal work to do). Now the new company wants me to be on a client account that I used to service for my old company, and it gave me a bad feeling. I just dug up my old employee agreement from my previous company and realized I had a non-compete clause in there for 2 years. Oops. Obviously, I should have looked at this before ever even talking to the recruiter, but this consulting side of the world is new to me and it honestly didn't occur to me. Now I'm not sure what to do. I'm sure I need to let my new company know what's up right away. And I am sure I need to reach out to my old company and see if there is any way around this, but I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me.
I started a new job in the same industry (with the same clients) as my previous job while still under a non-compete. Do I need to resign?
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