Congratulations on your new job! Not only is your mom proud of you, you’re proud of yourself! You earned this job and you kinda sorta wanna show it off. On LinkedIn. Plus, you know your new status can help your company garner some new business. The world is at your fingertips and you’re excited to get started. But before you rush to change your LinkedIn profile, you may want to know when to update LinkedIn with your new job! Here are four reasons you should wait two weeks before updating your profile.
Too many distractions
Everyone’s so happy for you! They want to high-five you and take you out for drinks and pepper you with questions about the company and your role in it. Which is great—except that you need those first few weeks to settle in, without all those distractions. You want to get good nights of sleep, wake up early, energized and refreshed to start the day, so you can perform your best. You don’t want to be staying out late celebrating night after night, or sitting at your new desk replying to those time-consuming congratulatory emails and texts. You need to focus—learning your role, meeting your co-workers, and impressing your new boss with your diligence and attentiveness. Once you’ve taken the time to do that, then you can update your profile and nurture those old relationships.
You need to get settled
Two weeks gives you a chance to adjust to your new job. It’ll take longer than that to learn all the ins and outs of your new role, but you’ll have a general idea. If you wait a few weeks to update your profile, you’ll have solid answers when people start to inquire about your new job. It sounds kind of dumb to reply, “I don’t know yet” when they ask you for some more details.
Show your gratitude
If you do have some extra time in those first few weeks, use it to write short thank-you notes to all the companies you interviewed with but who didn’t grant you an offer or whose offer you didn’t accept. This simple courtesy is a great way to look professional and gracious. Make them remember you as the one who got away!
And then of course, there’s always the possibility that the new job doesn’t work out. There’s more travel than you thought. You’re not fitting into the company culture. There was a miscommunication between the hiring managers. There are a million different reasons why your new position might end sooner than expected—either on their part or yours. Not a big deal, it happens all the time. But it’d be pretty embarrassing to reply to all those congratulatory texts coming in with “oops, never mind!”. Instead, wait a few weeks to make sure all the logistics are finalized, the job is truly yours, and you’ve gotten settled.
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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh