So you just landed a new job, and you’re excited to update your details on LinkedIn. However, you might have some doubts and questions about specific things.
“When should I announce it?”
“Should I mention my previous company, employer, and colleagues?”
“Is it okay to add photos of my new company?”
According to experts, here’s how to properly announce your new job on LinkedIn:
HR Director, Thrive Agency
Highlight gratitude: To everyone who helped you in your career and previous company
First of all, thank your former employer. Gratitude to your previous employer for highlighting the things you’ve accomplished during your time there shows that you are leaving on good terms.
In addition, you may wish to highlight specific managers or other individuals within the organization that helped you in your career and previous company.
Provide details on why you are excited to join the new company
The next step is to provide a few exciting details about your plans, what you are looking forward to, and why you are excited to join the new company. Announcing your job change on LinkedIn is essential, as it lets your network know what’s going on in your career.
“I’d like to share some exciting news with you! ABC Company has hired me as their Marketing Manager. Thank you so much to everyone at ABC Company for this opportunity. I could not have accomplished all of this without the support of my colleagues at the XYZ company.
It was an honor to learn from you all, and I will carry that knowledge with me into the next phase of my career. I cannot wait to embark on this new journey!”
Managing Director at Slalom Consulting | Adjunct Professor, Albers School of Business and Economics
Spread the word with gratitude and enthusiasm after a time of reflection
The change from an old to a new job is typically a time of reflection. Use that reflection time to think about who you most appreciate from the job you are leaving. Think about why you are grateful for them.
Also, reflect on why you are excited about your new position and employer. How do you hope to grow? Who are you excited to work with based on your interview process?
Now take all that reflection and feed it into your LinkedIn post to announce your new job. Write a sentence or two on what you appreciate from your past employer. Tag people with specific shout-outs of thanks. Start a new paragraph expressing your excitement about your new role and employer.
Again, tag a few specific people who helped you in the interview process and/or you’ll be working alongside.
Finish your post with 3 to 5 enthusiastic or industry-relevant hashtags:
This approach strengthens your personal connection to those you tag. It also conveys to the world that you are an appreciative, enthusiastic, and driven employee.
HR and Organizational Psychology Professional | Founder and CEO, AfroLovely
Make the announcement within the first couple of weeks of starting your new job
Be careful not to jump the gun. Do not make any announcements until your new position is confirmed and you have told the current management and HR of the company you are with that you are leaving.
The best time to make an announcement is after you leave one job and before you start the next. If you are starting your next job right away, make the announcement within the first couple of weeks of starting your new job.
Keep it positive; find something good to say
Regardless of whether you liked your old job or not, if you are publishing a comment on social media about your employers, keep it positive. If you cannot find much good to say, thank them for giving you the opportunity to work at their company.
If it has been a great place to work, mention that—touch on how you have grown in your profession, what you enjoyed most about working for the company, and if specific managers have had a significant impact on your time there, you can thank them personally.
Stay connected with your old colleagues and reach out to new colleagues
Connections in the business world are important. Recognize your colleagues from your past job. Acknowledging your fellow workers sets a good impression in the public eye.
Reach out to teams or people you will be working with at the new company. Introduce yourself and add that you are looking forward to being part of the team.
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A useful tip – keep your posts concise. Most people scan posts these days, and a lengthy announcement is unlikely to be fully read.
Here’s an example of a brief announcement:
“Today the chapter of my career at [company name] comes to an end. After [years of service ] years at a company that can serve as a leader for employee development, I have decided to use the skills I have learned to explore new opportunities.”
“It has been a pleasure working with excellent leadership and colleagues who have been instrumental in growing my knowledge and ability. In particular, I would like to thank…”
HR Manager, ResumeLab
Strike a balance: Be respectful to your previous employer while being excited about the new job
There isn’t much science for how you should go about announcing your brand spanking new job on LinkedIn, but there are a few notes of etiquette you should look to follow.
As a general rule of thumb, look to update your LinkedIn profile (regarding the new position) and post an announcement about a week after starting your new job.
Ideally, you want to strike that balance between being respectful to your previous employer (by not doing it soon) while still demonstrating excitement for the new gig (while it’s still fresh).
Your network of contacts and any potential recruiters will be very appreciative of the update.
Lastly, you want to keep the tone direct, professional, and to the point.
You might write something along the lines of the below example:
“I am very excited to announce that I have joined [name of the company] as a [title of the role]. I will be working with the [name of the team/department], and I’m very eager to learn, grow and contribute to my new role.
As I begin the next chapter of my career, I’d like to thank [person #1] and [person #2] for their mentorship and support throughout the recruitment process. I would not be able to do it without you, so thank you very much to you both. Now, onwards and upwards.”
Content Marketing Specialist, Drive Research
Promote your new company and spread the word about your new position
Announcing your new job is a fun and usually necessary step to take on LinkedIn. It’s a way to promote your new company and spread the word about your new position.
Below are some tips:
- It doesn’t have to be long. Keeping your announcement to a short paragraph is fine.
- Definitely write more than one sentence, but you don’t have to make it a massive post.
- Feel free to post a picture. Whether it’s a new headshot, photo of the office, or something that has to do with your new workplace, adding a visual touch to your post personalizes it.
- Thank your company. The most crucial step – show gratitude to your new company for taking you on.
Here’s the copy from my recent job announcement on LinkedIn:
“A massive thank you to the team at Drive Research for welcoming me yesterday as their new Content Marketing Specialist (and for the generous swag bag)! Looking forward to working with them to promote and advance Drive’s mission in Syracuse and beyond.”
Content Manager and Career Expert, CareerAddict
There are a few things you should keep in mind when announcing your new job on LinkedIn. I’ll outline them below.
Ensure that you appear professional and pay homage to them
The #1 thing to remember is that you are now hired and are representing your new company. You have to ensure that you appear professional and pay homage to them while sticking to their company policies and guidelines.
Try and use their branding, market them a bit, and make sure you positively represent them.
You can mention a “Thank you” to your previous company
It’s always nice to thank those who came before and provided you with a chance to gain experience and improve your resume. It looks nice to thank your previous company or boss, and it helps you keep those bridges intact because you never know when that connection could be helpful to you.
It doesn’t have to be much, but I recommend you consider mentioning your previous roles in your LinkedIn post.
Consider imagery you want to post, too
In your LinkedIn post, I recommend putting some time into deciding what imagery will appear the best. It could be a combination of your new role and past position, an industry photo of you, or a nice graphic that does a few things for you.
If you are hoping that your post does well and reaches a wide variety of people, you’ll want to optimize it to be more marketable.
New job announcements are being shared on LinkedIn all the time, so take a look at what others are doing, as well. What stands out to you? What post do you like? It’s not stealing if you are motivated by other posts, so take a look around and learn from what others are doing.
Executive Content Writer, RGC Advertising
Pay tribute to your colleagues and now-former company
Make an announcement on your LinkedIn, website, and other social profiles about your leave, paying tribute to your colleagues and now-former company. Remember to show gratitude and keep positive by sharing what you’ll miss the most and what you’ve loved the most about the position you’re leaving.
“After an incredible [number] years, I’m leaving for good today. I’d like to thank [person] for [how they helped in your career]. I’ll miss my team dearly, but I can’t wait to tell you what’s next!”
- Announce the position you are moving into
There are no hard and fast rules on how long you should wait between announcing your departure and what you’ll do next, but try to leave some breathing room. You should be upbeat and enthusiastic about the future, and for context, you should link back to the “departure” post.
“I’m excited to share that on [date or day], I’ll be joining [name of new company], where I’ll be working on [short description of their objective or what you’ll be working on]. I’m really looking forwards to this new chapter in my life!”
- Adding your new role to your profile and LinkedIn headline
After all the announcements are live, now it’s time to update your profiles, including changing your resume title, adding your new role to your profile, LinkedIn headline, personal details on your website, and anywhere else your employment information is necessary.
That’s exactly what I’d do.
But, in the end, this is a personal decision! You are not obligated to post your news on social media. And no, you are not required to have a photo of yourself with the corporate logo.
Job changes, on the other hand, are a big deal, and you want to celebrate them. So, have a good time with it and rejoice! Just make sure you acknowledge the folks who assisted you in getting to where you are now.
Entrepreneur | Founder, Gigs Done Right
Talk about what your new position entails and what you’re looking forward to
First, make sure you have updated your profile with your new employer and position. You might want to say something like “New Job – Senior Accountant at Acme Corporation” or “Proud to be a part of the Team at ABC Company.”
In your summary section, you can give a little more detail about your new job. Talk about what your new position entails and what you’re looking forward to in this new role.
Then, write a post on LinkedIn announcing your new job. Be sure to include a link to your updated profile, and mention the company and position you’ve joined.
Here are a few examples of how to announce your new job on LinkedIn:
“After a great interview process, I am happy to say that I have accepted a new position at XYZ Company. I can’t wait to start working with this team and see what we can achieve together. Thanks to everyone who has offered their support during this transition.”
“I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted a new position as the Director of Marketing at ABC Company. This is an exciting opportunity, and I’m looking forward to putting my skills to use in this role. Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my career. I’m so grateful for your support.”
Reach out to your connections individually
Finally, reach out to your connections individually and let them know about your new job. Let them know what you’re excited about in the new role, and ask them for any advice or recommendations they may have.
Co-founder and Marketing Director, CocoFinder
Give a brief overview of your new role
When you land a new job, it’s important to let your LinkedIn network know. Here’s how to do it in a way that will get maximum exposure.
First, make sure you have updated your profile with your new employer. You can add this information in the “Experience” section of your profile. Next, write a post on LinkedIn announcing your new job. Start by saying congratulations to yourself and thanking your network for all their support.
Then, give a brief overview of your new role and what you’re looking forward to in the new position.
Here are a few examples of posts announcing a new job:
“I’m excited to announce that I have accepted a new position as Director of Marketing at ABC Company. Thanks to all my friends and family who have supported me during my job search. I can’t wait to start this new adventure!”
“I’m thrilled to be starting a new job as Vice President of Sales at XYZ Corporation. This is an amazing opportunity and I’m really looking forward to getting started. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way!”
“I’ve decided to make a change and am now working as a Business Development Manager at DEF Corporation. I’m really excited about this new challenge and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Thanks for all your support!”
President, Car Title Loan Lenders
Be sure you’ve addressed all aspects of leaving your current employment before posting the new job
In my opinion, announcing your new employment on LinkedIn is as simple as mentioning what you’ve learned and how appreciative you are of the opportunity.
Firstly, thank your management and coworkers for their contributions to your professional development and for all of the possibilities they’ve given you.
The next step is to make the necessary changes to your LinkedIn profile. Your previous position at the company will be linked automatically when you add a new position under “Experience” and include your company’s name in the “Experience” section.
It’s good for other professionals to see a consistent look in your profile. Having your profile page stand out makes it easy to recognize that you’ve been promoted.
Changing jobs necessitate updating your internet profile so that recruiters may readily find you. Aside from that, be sure you’ve addressed all aspects of leaving your current employment before posting anything on your LinkedIn page regarding a new job.
The announcement is your final step. I think it’s a good idea to announce your departure from your current position before you write about your search for a new one.
Reflect on your experience in that position and appreciate the people that helped you grow. Make a new post about your new job and how eager you are to start this new chapter in your life after you’ve left the organization. It’s a good thing for recruiters and other professionals to notice that you’ve changed jobs because it shows your versatility.
Director of Operations, Force by Mojio
Incorporate a picture or image to make your post stand out
To make your post stand out on others’ feeds, incorporate a picture or image. It can be a picture of the company logo, name, or even the office itself. People pay attention to posts like these and will immediately have their attention captured if they see an image of a company they recognize.
In your post, be concise with an excited tone, saying something like:
“I am happy to announce that I have taken a position at [company], where I will be a/the [position]. It has been my dream to work for a company like this, and I am very thankful for those who have helped me get here. I can’t wait to get started!”
Add your own touch and personality to what you say, and try to respond to the congratulatory comments you receive.
Digital Marketing Director, Royal Cleaning
Your announcement should be short and sweet
- Mind your timing
While you may be excited to share the good news of your new employment, consider holding off on the announcement until after a week in your new job.
Holding off your career change notice is not only respectful to your former employer; it also gives you some time to gauge your current work opportunity.
- Opt to write a post that expresses both gratitude and excitement
You can always choose to announce your new job by a simple edit to the work experience portion of your LinkedIn profile. But I recommend posting a written post about your new role. This way, you can express your excitement for your new colleagues and connections to see while also thanking those who help you land your new job.
- Your announcement should be short and sweet
Start with an expression of your enthusiasm to share the new chapter in your work life, followed by thanking key people who assisted in your job search, then end with a concise explanation of your new role and your reasons for liking the job. If you wish to add an image, I recommend using the company logo or a distinct photo of your new office building.
Here is an example of a LinkedIn announcement:
“I’m excited beyond words to share with you my decision to accept the role of Marketing Director at the XYZ Company!
I couldn’t have had this opportunity if not for the help of my friend, [name], who shared this job opportunity with me, and my former boss, [boss’s name], for her stellar recommendation and guidance.
I happily look forward to starting this new journey and growing professionally with my new family—the marketing rock stars of XYZ Company.”
Licensed Real Estate Expert and Chief Operating Officer, Precondo
The best way would be to make two announcements
If you are quitting one job and taking up another, the best way would be to make two announcements.
You can let your ex-employer know that your previous job was a learning point for you. Feel free to tag some of your ex-colleagues who also impacted you positively.
And then, you can make another post talking about your new job, which will specify:
- Where you have been recruited,
- What your job entails, and
- How you feel about this new chapter of your life.
“It has been a thrilling experience to work as (your previous title) at (your previous company), but the experience has sadly come to an end. I am extremely thankful to (your ex-employer) for the immense support, and also to my colleagues. Your presence has been a huge impact on me.”
“Excited to announce that I will be taking up the role of (your new title) at (your new company)! I will be undertaking the task of (your job description in short). Can’t wait to open the new chapter of my life.”
Director, Internet Advisor
Providing more detail about your new job and company can benefit you a lot
I’ve seen people announce their new jobs in a number of different ways on LinkedIn.
Some people simply announce it with no other information, while others go into detail about what the company does and why it’s a good opportunity. The latter is, of course, the better way to go about the announcement.
When you simply state that you’ve joined a new job, it’s pretty much a pointless post. No one can benefit from it, not even the company that you’re joining.
Providing more detail about your new job and the company, however, can have a number of benefits for you, the business, and the people reading the post.
For you, providing this detail can show the employer that you’re dedicated to the company and get you some brownie points. It can also show any future employers a bit about your past and why you made certain decisions going into specific companies.
For the business, it can give them some great, positive exposure and bring in clients and potentially other employees. And for people, it can provide the opportunity for them to learn a thing or two about a specific industry and that company and show them that there may be potential for them to find a job there in the future.
Owner & Managing Director, Skills Training Group
Take your time to share the good news
Some choose to announce their new jobs on LinkedIn in the first 1 to 3 weeks of employment.
There is always the chance the job will not work out, though. While I’m an eternal optimist, it’s important to consider this. With this in mind, rushing to announce your new job on social media could backfire.
The new job isn’t official until you’ve walked through those doors and taken your seat.
Also, many positions come with a probation period. This means your employer will closely track and monitor your performance before offering a permanent contract.
Before you share your new role with your professional network, it makes sense to wait until the probation period is over.
While you might be eager and excited to share your new role with your network on LinkedIn, taking your time to share the good news may prevent embarrassment further down the line if things don’t work out. I’m rooting for you!
Founder, Content Dog
It’s a good idea to publish ahead of time about how you’ll be leaving your current job
When creating a post for your LinkedIn profile about a new job, make sure you cover all of your bases regarding your previous work. It’s a good idea to publish ahead of time about how you’ll be leaving your current job when you advertise your new job.
Then, when you’ve left the company, create a new thread about your new job and how thrilled you are for the next stage of your career.
Consider these rules:
- Once you’ve informed your manager that you’re changing jobs, post on LinkedIn to ensure a smooth transition.
- Discuss how excited you are for your new position and what you hope to learn.
- When writing a job announcement post, it’s crucial to consider the future, the past, and the present moment all at the same time.
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