HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NO­TICE PE­RIOD

6 TIPS FOR TURN­ING THE SHOCK OF RE­DUN­DANCY INTO A POS­I­TIVE OP­POR­TU­NITY

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01 THINK POS­I­TIVELY

“Be­ing laid off sucks. You feel be­trayed. But don’t let those thoughts over­take you. Use your no­tice pe­riod to forge ahead and think pos­i­tively,” ad­vises Kevin Moore. “Take on tons of work, get cre­ative, and let that neg­a­tive en­ergy be turned into some­thing pos­i­tive.”

02 DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

“There is no right or wrong way to be­come a suc­cess­ful free­lance de­signer. If you find clients by print­ing fly­ers and go­ing to lo­cal shows, do that. If you pre­fer so­cial me­dia, do that. Find what­ever works for you dur­ing your no­tice pe­riod and do it over and over again to build your client list. All you need is one solid job lined up, then you go get more.”

03 LEAVE ON A HIGH

Avoid the temp­ta­tion to stick two fin­gers up at the es­tab­lish­ment. In­stead, fo­cus on strength­en­ing your re­la­tion­ship with your em­ployer. Main­tain pro­fes­sion­al­ism and help tie up all loose ends. Af­ter all, you might want a tes­ti­mony from your boss — and leav­ing on a pos­i­tive note en­sures the door will be left open for you.

04 STAY FO­CUSED

Are there any skills or tech­niques you need to master quickly, or core knowl­edge you can get un­der your belt dur­ing your no­tice pe­riod? Are there some project im­ages you can get per­mis­sion to use for your port­fo­lio? Don’t dis­en­gage: use your no­tice pe­riod to har­vest as much as you can from your cur­rent em­ployer (while re­mem­ber­ing tip 03).

05 UP­DATE YOUR PORT­FO­LIO

“Hit the ground run­ning with a cur­rent CV and up-to-date port­fo­lio,” says Dave Mil­burn. Use your no­tice pe­riod to up­date your on­line and so­cial pres­ence, adding any new projects and case stud­ies to your port­fo­lio, and amend­ing your About page. Most im­por­tantly: think about the sort of work you want to do and tai­lor your port­fo­lio ac­cord­ingly.

06 SET CLEAR GOALS

Take it one day at a time — but make sure you have goals and you’re sav­ing your first pay­cheques. “My per­sonal goal was to save up four months’ worth of rent and bills, so that if I didn’t get any work for four months I could still af­ford to sur­vive,” says Moore. “It was more than enough, and it was nice to have that men­tal goal.”

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