I was just reading an article about a journalism student who landed his dream job – and got fired before he started. Ouch! I’m sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen often, but with everyone – and I mean everyone – on social media, these unfortunate events could easily become commonplace. Don’t let it be you in the news!

We’ve talked on the Artisan Blog about how to use social media, especially LinkedIn, to help you land a perfect role and also given you some warnings about what to post about your personal life as well as how to keep the personal and professional separate.

But securing a new job is both! Great news for your friends and family and great for your professional pages and profiles!

Here are just a few things to think about before post your big news:

  • Have you signed the offer/contract? Nothing is written in stone until it’s written in stone. Until you have the papers in hand, keep your great news to yourself and your immediate family.
  • Have you asked if it’s okay? Although your new employer might be thrilled about hiring you, they may not want you to announce it.  They might want to do it themselves beforehand.
  • Are you on probation? Many companies hire you but aren’t truly committed until you’ve been on staff for 60 or even 90 days. During that period, learn everything you can and keep your head down!

Generally, it’s okay to post “I got a great new job! Stay tuned for the details!” anywhere you like.

But before you write a long blog post with all the details, make sure you have the go-ahead from your new employer. You wouldn’t want to get an unpleasant surprise!

Wendy Stackhouse for Artisan Creative