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How to stay positive about your new job whilst working your notice period

After much deliberation you’ve handed in your notice; having decided a move elsewhere is the best option for you. Typically, in the legal sector, notice periods are a minimum of three months; these three months can drain a lot of energy and excitement you feel for your new job. Don’t worry, this is normal.

Resisting the buyback

It doesn’t help matters when your existing employer has the perfect opportunity to try and ‘win’ you back and over the course of the next three months, your new job might seem less shiny and not as suited to your change in circumstance.

At this stage, it’s normal for some doubts to start creeping in and it’s important to try and remain as objective as possible. Take yourself right back to the start of your job search and remind yourself of the reasons why you decided to explore the market in the first place!

It’s very easy to be flattered by post-resignation compliments, suggestions of promotion or an increase in salary. However, in the long run, counteroffers rarely work. Statistics reveal an overwhelming percentage of people who accept a counteroffer, move on within six to 12 months anyway. It’s a short term decision – it covers up the cracks!

Related blog: What’s your value - as a lawyer - in today’s market?

Timing is everything… or maybe not?

There’s no such thing as the right time to resign. Most of us try to find the ‘magical right time’ as we’re worried about the change in attitude towards us from our current employer and peers. Again, this is normal but much like a plaster, the easiest way to do it is to rip it off ASAP! This means certain relationships might become frosty, but try not to take it personally! I appreciate that this is easier said than done, especially if you have a sensitive disposition, but don’t let it upset you.

Top tip: always try to negotiate your notice period down as a swift and graceful exit is always recommended!

How can a legal recruiter help me during this period?

BCL Legal has helped guide hundreds of legal candidates through the pains of lengthy notice periods and counteroffers. We talk you through how to handle any animosity, lend a sympathetic ear and support you during what can be a stressful experience. Knowing what to expect is half the battle. It’s important you don’t lose sight of how great your new role is going to be, and always adopt a cautious approach after you’ve handed in your notice; be wary of the reasons why certain promises or changes have come into effect. But above all else, back yourself and stick to your original gut decision, taking solace in the fact that the start of your new role is nearer than ever.

For a confidential chat about the East Midlands and East Anglian marketplace, please feel free to contact BCL Legal on 0121 230 1022.

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