Working Your Notice

Written by Julie Holmwood

Your resignation has been accepted, you have stood firm that you are leaving, you have a date set to finish and know when and where you are going on your first day in your new job. So what do you do in the meantime?

You are contracted to work your notice. For some people this is a nice way to go. All feelings of being a little fed-up where you are have now passed that you have an end date in sight. You are excited to finish up projects and not have to start new ones. You are pleased that office politics no longer involve you and you have a bubbling excitement about embarking on the next chapter of your career journey. It is all good.
For others it is just a prolonging of an agony to have to stay extra days and weeks, or even months.
If you do have a long notice period and your interest has decreased to a very low point, it is sometimes possible to negotiate a shorter term. This is down to your employer and will be linked to their ease in hiring your replacement amongst other factors.

Whatever the situation you should remain professional, efficient and as effective as possible whilst your notice is being served

You are still being paid full salary. You might still be relying on someone within this company for a reference. Those things aside, no matter how much good work you did during your term in this role a lot of how you are remembered will be down to how you left. Every day you create a new impression on someone else’s memory. The ones linked to the strongest emotions evoked tend to be the ones that stay with us.
Maya Angelou said ~ 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel'.


You cannot be held responsible for the emotions of someone other than you

But you can make sure that your behaviour doesn’t give them cause to remember you for all of the wrong reasons. The world is a big place and there are almost seven billion people in it, but when it comes to your industry coupled with your geographic corner of the globe, it is surprising what a small universe each of us moves in and how often the same people come back around for us.
I changed careers (not just jobs) about fifteen years ago but stayed within three miles of where I had been working and who should my very next new colleague be? Yes, you guessed it, the guy I sat next to at my old job. A very small world indeed sometimes!
Keep in mind that these people might be your future colleagues in another time and company. Also remember that not everyone is leaving, so although you might be de-mob happy and deep down doing a little jig every time you realise that a deadline doesn’t involve you and the next batch of meetings won’t be yours to schedule, try to keep that to yourself. Your colleagues are there for the duration and it is important to both your employer and to each individual colleague for their sanity that they continue to get as much fun out of each day as possible.
Then open your drawer and tick off another day on your little chart of days left … not many to go now!
For help with your resignation or making the transition from where you are to where you want to be please contact one of our Consultant Coaches at
Julie is the Lead Career Coach at Churchill Brook. She works with clients who are frustrated by their career success (or lack of it) and her approach is that of part coach, part mentor and part consultant. She is available to work with limited clients on a one-to-one basis or via our popular career change group classes (check out ‘what we offer’).

Before joining Churchill Brook in 2009, she spent twelve years as an international headhunter, where she successfully helped her clients to recruit exceptional people. She is an expert at getting candidates noticed by companies and had one of the highest success ratios for CV submission to hire that we know of within the recruitment industry

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