HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NOTICE PERIOD
6 TIPS FOR TURNING THE SHOCK OF REDUNDANCY INTO A POSITIVE OPPORTUNITY
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.”