The moment has arrived! The powers that be have finally granted you that promotion you have been working so diligently toward. Your efforts and hard work have been rewarded and you have a gratifying new position or job title along with that awesome pay raise. Or maybe the new job which you dreamed about, applied to, and interviewed for, said YES!
Congratulations! You did it!
Yet excited as you are, once the initial rush is over and your adrenaline levels return to normal, you may realize that you still have work to do.
For instance, how exactly are you supposed to announce the great news to your LinkedIn network?
Perhaps you’re wondering if there is a protocol of some kind. Or if there are specific things that you need to do or say, other than the delightfully cheesy, yet seemingly obligatory: “I am both humbled and thrilled to announce…” part.
The answer is yes. Absolutely.
Not all LinkedIn job posts are born equal. There are things you can do to stand out and assist in your authority positioning. Let’s look at some professional and advantageous ways to present a LinkedIn new job post.
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Express Gratitude for Those You Worked With
Take a moment to express your gratitude. This holds equally true whether you are being promoted or moving on to another organization.
In your LinkedIn new job post, be certain to thank your bosses and mentors for their guidance or leadership. Cite a specific instance of how or when they helped you. Even if it’s difficult, try to offer a genuine example. It’s important to leave graciously and on the best terms possible, even if things didn’t end so smoothly.
Sure, that might feel a bit disingenuous, but there will be other opportunities to list your grievances or lay out the truth. In this post, what’s most important is that you exit displaying some emotional maturity, and that’s often best expressed through gratitude.
Remember not to be generic. Take your time. Give it some thought. Make sure to thank and tag some colleagues or co-workers who helped you (by name). It demonstrates that you recognize and appreciate their efforts and shows that you value relationships in general.
Additionally, if a job search was involved, take a brief moment to thank your network. Even if it didn’t bear fruit, it’s likely that others lobbied on your behalf. Be sure to acknowledge your network, as you might need them again.
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Express Excitement for the New Position or Organization
Be excited! Moving upward or to a new company is usually thrilling. When crafting your LinkedIn new job post, be sure to express your excitement. In fact, the most important rule is that “your announcement should focus on positive aspects of your current and future position.”
Yes, you’ve already been hired (or promoted), but any new boss will feel validated if they see that you are genuinely excited about the opportunity or that you can’t wait to get started. Energy is contagious. Spread some even before you arrive.
Whether it’s your new bosses or your soon-to-be colleagues, let everyone who reads your post know that they got themselves a team player who’s bringing a positive attitude to bear. Lay the groundwork for a warm reception!
Highlight What You Learned
There are times when modesty has its place, and nobody likes a braggadocio. However, when you’re crafting a post of this variety, which is celebrating your success, you’re allowed to strut a little.
You worked hard for your success, and for the opportunity to advance your career. So be sure to feel good about yourself and highlight the skills you’ve acquired. This is important as it shows your old organization that their time was well spent and that you were able to grow there.
At the same time, it informs your new boss or organization that you place a premium on learning. It identifies you as someone who will take full advantage of the opportunity to add new skill sets, take on more responsibilities, and grow on the job.
In this era of rapid change, where the rate of technological and informational advancement is almost exponential, employers place a high value on those who embrace learning.
Lastly, using your LinkedIn new job post to highlight your fresh skills establishes your credibility. It shows that you have on-the-job experience and can contribute in various ways. Remember, this LinkedIn new job post is not just for now but for the future as well. You never know who will wind up reading it, so it can be a gift that keeps on giving.
Don’t Screw up the Proper Sequence
An oldie but goodie. Be sure that you have your steps in the proper order. For instance, don’t inform your old job that you are leaving until you’re 100 percent certain that you have the new job. Otherwise, things could get ugly. Fast.
Also, “make sure your boss hears it directly from you, rather than from someone else,” advises avenica.com. This is a simple matter of common courtesy and etiquette you should take fairly seriously.
One last critical element is the sequence of your posts. Don’t post about your new job until you have posted about leaving your current job. Keep those posts separate, no matter how excited you are. There is a time and a place for each one. Close the old chapter before you open the new one.
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