July 8, 2022
You’ve just accepted a new job, and given notice at your current job. It’s an exciting time, and it’s tempting to tell everyone you meet about the exciting new job you just landed. But hang on, are there rules about when you should announce your new job on LinkedIn? Telling your mom on the phone is one thing, but putting it out there on social media is public and searchable. Timing it right is key.
As a general rule, you should absolutely not announce your new job on LinkedIn before you’ve given notice with your current employer. After you’ve given notice, your relationship with your current employer might continue to be a factor in your timing as well. For example, if there’s tension with your current employer, don’t stress the relationship by announcing the new job on LinkedIn before your last day at your current job. Try not to burn that bridge, you never know when it might be useful.
Beyond the basics of dealing with your current employer, we asked our team for their best advice on when is the best time to announce a new job on LinkedIn. Read on to see how our experts would handle it!
Personally, I know that companies look at that. I’ve had several companies in the past, where if I didn’t announce it in the first week, they were questioning why I hadn’t posted it yet. After talking with them, I learned they felt like I was still leaving myself open to other opportunities. So I would recommend making that LinkedIn announcement within the first week because it shows loyalty, and excitement about the position.
If you’re comfortable announcing it as soon as you’ve accepted an offer, that’s awesome, you might as well! However, some people are a little less comfortable with that, and I think as long as it’s done on the first day of your new position, then that’s acceptable.
According to Forbes, 95% of recruiters are on LinkedIn looking at candidates’ profiles. And while they might not take the time to check up on you after they’ve already hired you to see if you’ve updated your profile, I don’t think it’s a great idea to take that chance. You want to give yourself the best start possible. I recommend updating your position on LinkedIn on or just before the morning of your start date.
Take it a step further and post a photo of yourself before you leave for work, and write up a short post to go along with it expressing excitement about your new job. Tag your new employer to show them how excited you are to get started, too. Why wait for them to notice? – Take some initiative! Want to take it to the next level? Thank (and tag) previous colleagues and/or previous employers who helped you get there and use a couple of industry specific hashtags. The show of gratitude will strengthen bonds within your network and showcase your gracious attitude for the new connections you’re about to make.
I recommend the first Monday after starting a new job. If you start on a Monday, I would wait until the following Monday, or at least give it 72 hours. Give it a few days at the new job to build some confidence in your new role and meet some key people. That way when you post about it on LinkedIn you’ll be able to share some specific things you’re excited about doing in your new role. That shows your network that you’re growing in your career and builds trust not only in you, but also in your new company. That’s win-win for you and your new company.
I would say the best time to announce your new job on LinkedIn is after your first week. That week will give you a little time to get used to your new environment and get acquainted with your new role. Then you’ll be able to give an authentic impression of your new job when you share your post about it to social media.
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