Once you’ve handed your notice in at work you may have anything up to three months before you leave the business. You’ve still got work to do but now your mind is starting to wander to how you can best prepare for your next challenge! Here’s how to make the most of your notice period before you move on.
Tie up any loose ends
If you’re in the middle of a project you should endeavour to tie up all of the loose ends. It’s good practise to see things through and will be appreciated by the colleagues you’re leaving behind. Say your goodbyes to regular contacts, too. By letting people know you’re moving on it will make your transition from the business easier on everyone.
Make a note of contact details
It’s likely you’ve built a strong network of contacts during your time in your current role, and you never know whether these could be useful for the future. Make a note of the people you’d like to stay in touch with, and keep their details somewhere safe. Add people on social media or business networks where relevant.
Ask your boss/ colleagues for recommendations
Whilst you’re still on site at your current job, it will be easier to ask your boss for a letter of recommendation. Sites such as Linkedin have informal means of requesting and providing recommendations, too.
Prepare for your next role
It’s a good idea to find out if there’s anything you need to prepare for your next role so you can get a head start on that before your first day. Perhaps there will be reading material, or a new tool to get to grips with. Do ask if there’s anything you should be looking at in advance.
Relax – a bit!
Depending on the type of work you do, you may find your workload winding down in the lead up to your last day. Now’s the time to de-stress your mind, maybe get a little extra sleep (if you don’t have to be in so early) and enjoy the prospect of an exciting new challenge on the horizon.