We’ve all been there. You hate your job, you give notice, but in the spirit of not burning all of your bridges you stay on a week or two before you are actually done. What can you do to survive the few last days??? Here are a few tips:
- Surf the Internet! Now is not the time to focus on why exactly you are leaving your job (though you certainly have your reasons), and the whole point of staying for a week or two was to maintain your positive image with the company. So stay distracted and surf the Internet a lot! Catch up on current events like presidential elections and the Olympics. Do all that on-line shopping you were meaning to. Find funny articles to tell your co-workers about, which leads us to….
- Network with soon-to-be former colleagues. This can range from lunches cementing ties, to taking one last stab at building connections, to stopping by people’s desks to chat. Who knows when you will need to reach out to people for information, a job a their new company, or just to say hello. Sure management might see it as wasting the time of employees who are not leaving, but you are just reinforcing your impression of a wonderful person who just happens to be leaving the company.
- Re-brand your image on social media. Howcast made a great tutorial on how clean up your Facebook profile for potential employers:
Now is the perfect time to take all of those pictures of you drinking in collage off your Facebook page! Or at least lock that down, and beef up your LinkedIn profile. Potential employers are going to be Googling your name and taking notes on how you present yourself to the world. So take some time to think through how you want to be seen. For more tips on re-branding yourself see this article on the Huffington Post. All of your deep thoughts about re-branding your image will naturally lead to…
- Plan your career. Most people are reactive to their careers, accepting the first job offer that comes along. Not you! Now is the time to create a long-term plan career plan and execute it. Maybe you have wanted to get further education, like an MBA degree, to help your career. Or you know where you want to be in 10 years, and it is miles away from where you are now. These last couple of weeks are the perfect time to dream big, and start thinking how you can accomplish your goals.
- Do some actual work. I know, it sucks. But you still have to do your job to maintain the positive perceptions of those around you. Your intent was to be professional, so make sure you are passing along information, training other employees on tasks only you know, and (generally) being a good employee. It may be like pulling teeth in the last days at your job. But a good reference from former employers who have worked with you is worth its weight in gold. So do the smart thing and get some work done!
Now that you’ve survived the last two weeks…It’s time to start looking for your next job. Start with something simple: Mastering the Informational Interview.
And if you’re still having trouble surviving…Try Pokemon GO at work!