7 tips to make the most of your notice period

Anita finally landed her dream job! Congratulations to her! After countless nerve wracking interviews and endless search, she got through one of the best companies she had always longed to work with. She was indeed thrilled about her new role.


Anita had 60 days of notice period from her previous company and was baffled about her situation at work. It was an unending wait. Yet, she was excited and wanted to make most of her notice period.


However, before she threw caution to the wind, she remembered some of the tips I had offered as a recruiter on how her behaviour during the notice period could have a prolonged effect on her colleagues’ ongoing impression about her.


She followed the tips and made the best of her last few weeks in her previous office. Here are the tips I gave her, they might work for you as well…..:


Negotiate your Notice Period with your Employers

Depending on your contract, your notice period could be anything from 15 days to two months. If you are eager to leave your company or take some time out, you could negotiate a shorter notice period. This will depend on the flexibility of the HR policies in your company. If your new role requires you to join immediately, discuss your options with your immediate boss when you formally hand in your resignation. This will give you some time to think before arriving at decision.


Reflect on your Experience and Knowledge

Trying mapping your professional journey. It is a great way of understanding your key skills and talent. It can build your confidence level and help you parry interview questions with ease and efficiency. Record your experience in your resume and on social networking sites such as LinkedIn. It will help potential recruiters spot and qualify you for a requirement.


Be Nice and Agreeable

The old saying, “be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down”, by Wilson Mizner, is plausible. Be grateful to your employees and quit bragging about your new job and complaining about your current boss. These acts can harm your reputation.


Be Committed to your Work

Being dedicated to your work can earn you positive referrals. Do not quit on your current workload once you hand over the resignation. Be responsible and willing to work on tasks assigned to you during the notice period.


Connect with Colleagues

Before you leave your company, make sure you personally thank all those who made your experience valuable and desist the urge to criticize those who haven’t. This will expand your professional network.


Think about References

Go through your old contacts and directories. Find people who can vouch for you. LinkedIn is the best way to find old contacts and connect with. Ask them to write you a short note or a recommendation, which might help you while searching a new job.


Sort out Documentation and Finances

Lastly, ensure to update your employer about you current address and clear all your dues. This way, you might not have to drop by again to collect your FFS and educational certificates.


Lastly, being accountable for your job and increasing your time with your co-workers assures you leave on good terms and have nothing to regret in the future.