Leaving your current job for another is a common practise amongst professionals in the workplace. Irrespective of your reasons for leaving your current job, you need to ensure that you serve your notice period like a winner.
Your notice period is an important aspect of your working life when you are about to embark on a new professional path. While it can range from two weeks to three months, your conduct during this transitional period is what will set you apart from all the other ex-employees. It is your last chance to leave an enduring positive impression on your superiors and colleagues.
Here are some tips on how to serve your notice period like a winner:
Maintain your daily routine
Stay focused until the end! Once your resignation has been accepted, most professionals may start feeling disengaged or detached from their job. It's vital to remember that your reputation/ personal brand is at stake. Whether you choose to leave a good or bad impression depends on how you behave while serving your notice period. Furthermore, your employer will expect you to fulfil your duties until the day of your departure, as you remain an employee of the organisation until then.
Hand over your responsibilities
It may be easy to disregard projects on your way out. However, leave the organisation on a good note by sharing details with the individual who will be handling your duties after your departure. If you're a professional who manages a team and has clients, suppliers or customers, it's important to inform them about your resignation. Not only is handing over your responsibilities common courtesy, it also ensures that your employer doesn't suffer in your absence.
Ask for references
This is the perfect time to speak to managers or colleagues and ask them to write reference letters for you. These letters serve as long-term investments that confirm your positive attributes in the period during which you were employed.
Be respectful to your employer
Resist the temptation to speak ill about your manager or the organisation to your colleagues as this will ruin your reputation. Don't be negative and try to bring the team down during this period. Always choose the moral high ground.
To work your notice period like a winner, remember to maintain the highest level of professionalism. Keeping these points in mind will help you to make the most of your notice period.
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