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Goodbye Posts on LinkedIn?


I personally don't see the point of publically high-fiving your former coworkers in a post where you're clearly bragging to your entire network about your new job. As a manager, I'd have a VERY hard time not posting something snarky in response to their farewell and "well-wishes".


Thoughts?

Would you write a goodbye?
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Accidental_Sales_Guy
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
I see LI as a "career scrapbook" in part; a place to look back on where you and others came from. Yes these posts are performative and showy, but that's the nature of professional life, and your extended network does want to know the "why" behind a change.Β 

I don't support lying, exaggerating, and brown-nosing, but I think a genuine expression of gratitude (while letting your network know the latest on you) is a fine thing.
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
I've seen a lot and I have such mixed emotions. I can understand wanting to leave on good terms but it just seems so cringe 99.9% of the time
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
For sure--I've never seen one where I've said to myself "wow, that was very touching".Β 
spoderman
Arsonist
+10
Friendly Neighborhood Spoderman
100% cringe 100% of the time lol. Some people just cannot live without attention.Β 
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
100% correct. If you actually give a shit about these people, tagging them at the end of a post about you is a weird way to show it.
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
In a way yes - am with this thought too @ChepΒ 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+12
that's queen coups to u
Lame and performatory.

It's fine to say "I've accepted a new position at Company and want to thank all my great co workers at Old Company" but writing a personalized letter... Nah man. Talk to your old co workers directly and thank them, we all have email and cell phones. Nobody else cares.Β 
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
100% agreed on saying your thank-yous directly. I don't need you to post about how you loved working with me--tell me via a call and let's leave it there.
paddy
WR Officer
+11
Account Executive
I'd like to see more of this except substitute it with "here's everyone that I've hated at my old company". Would make LinkedIn a better place.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I think this is the place for that 😎
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
This seems fake. I wouldn't do this.Β 
BigCheese
Notorious Answer
+14
Agency Recruiter | Coors Knight
I did this after I left my old position but more as an announcement to my network that I was looking for a new role. Hated the last one so it wasn't a very long or heartfelt post.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Then you have not committed the egregious crime I have outlined in my post. You've used the platform for the proper means!
braintank
Politicker
+7
Enterprise Account Executive
Even worse was all the people posting about their internships over the past few weeks.
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
May be the effort to put such a post is for the team
Reality though turns out other way. Afterall, there's a reason to leave and you gotta leave. For Me, it's more of mixed. Yet I don't post
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
I don't care that you left your job and neither does anybody else. Email people directly if you want to thank them.
Fi
Finance
Good Citizen
sales
Goodbye's like this don't come off genuine.Β  Feels like a performance. . . "oh, I love you guys so much, but okay bye, and maybe like this post and let's have it go viral please because me."
southernfriedsales
Opinionated
+8
Senior AE & Business Owner
Ooof. Literally 90% basically? Seems sales is the smarter breed....
mb
mbrook4
Director of Global Sales
(context: I started a new job in Jan after 7+ years... and DIDN'T write one of these posts, but did think about it)

I seem to be in the minority with this take, but I don't hate them.Β Β 

If you're disinterested, just keep scrolling (I often do).Β  But if you stay somewhere long enough, there are probably plenty of people who helped impact your path/direction/trajectory, some of whom are gone from your employer and LI may be the best way to reach them.Β Β 

Plenty of folks appreciate the shout-outs ... and it's never a bad thing to re-open a conversation with someone who helped you along the way.Β  Who knows when you might need them again, or they might need you?

Just my $0.02.

KPIMaster
Politicker
+4
Enterprise Account Executive
Different form of virtue signaling in my opinion.Β  It feels very self serving, although I'm sure some come from a place of gratefulness.Β  I also feel like some of this comes from America engraining in us that we should be loyal to companies, even though most companies would cut dead weight if it meant more profit.
TheRealTommyCallahan
Arsonist
+6
Account Executive
I cringe every time I see one. Leave that shit on Facebook lol
sketchysales
Politicker
+8
Sales Manager
I have many great friends in my current company and i will miss them.Β  I will also miss the culture but hell, im out of here.
Rigeyyy
Opinionated
+1
Account Executive
Leave with some dignity.Β 
UserNotFound
Politicker
+10
Mid Market Manager
I actually don't hate it... I see it as a way of controlling the narrative of why you left Job A for Job B. Especially if it's a move to a competitor, it's important to be in control of that narrative before a past colleague tries to undermine any of your hard-fought relationships that you hope to transition. Once your noncompete is complete, of course ;)Β 
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
If the client liked you when they signed at Company A, they'll like you when you leave for Company B. If you're preempting slander then it's probably good that you have left πŸ˜…
UserNotFound
Politicker
+10
Mid Market Manager
Lol... my industry is SO cutthroat... I can't imagine not thinking about it!
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Dealsonwheels
Opinionated
+1
Technical Sales Executive
I'm good with it after 5+ years... but two years? pass.
Smithy
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
I don’t see an issue with it tbh.Β 

yes some people can go overboard, but fuck it, enjoy yourself.Β 

of all the BS on LI, this doesn’t move the needle for meΒ 
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+7
BDR
All I gotta say is gratitude goes a long way.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Gratitude and gratuitous self-congratulations are easy to blur in some of these posts.
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+7
BDR
Indeed.
Thesamiam
Arsonist
+6
Sales
Its all about looking good on LI and social selling which is why people posts all kinds of shit on there.Β 
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