So you’ve accepted a new role, finished your current job and now have a period of free time before starting your next job. It seems a lot of people try to avoid this time off between jobs but it could in fact benefit you a lot more than you think.
When possible, taking a bit of time to separate yourself from your previous job before going straight into something new, is generally encouraged. Here are just a few suggestions of how you can be productive with your time off, giving you an opportunity to prepare and relax before starting a new position.
Use the time wisely and do some research in order to learn as much as you can about your new employer and the company you are about to join. Not only will this prior research impress your employer but it will also help you to have a better understanding of the business and make you feel more comfortable when starting.
Do what you can to alleviate stress on your first few days. Being organised is key and the more you can sort out during your time off then the better. Look at transport routes and make sure you know exactly how to get there and how long it will take to ensure that you arrive on time and not flustered. Also, figure out what you will wear on your first day so that you are prepared the morning of your first day.
If you have any necessary questions that you feel you need to ask, then don’t be afraid to ask them ahead of time. Find out about your work schedule, what you are expected to bring a long with you, the hours per week you are expected to work, salary, benefits and any other information you require.
All that being said, the next most important thing to do during your time between jobs is to relax. You want to start your new job feeling fresh and ready to learn new things and meet new people, the last thing you want is to go into it stressed and carrying any baggage from your old job that you should have left behind.