Speaking kindly of your former employer, instead, shows that you're a professional who's not shortsighted. "After all, you never know when you might find yourself back there someday-in a much higher position," Williams says.
4. Update Your LinkedIn Profile
Williams says that while there's no real rule about when to update your LinkedIn profile, she suggests waiting until your first day at your new job.
"While your former and new employer will have made announcements about you by then, your connections and friends may not know," she says. Update your LinkedIn information and post a status update announcing your new position, Williams recommends.
"In your update, say that while you've enjoyed working for X company, you're now with Y company and this is how they can contact you," Williams says.
And if there are individual LinkedIn contacts you want to make sure know about the change, don't hesitate to reach out and message them on LinkedIn individually.
"They'll feel complimented by the fact that you've taken the time to write to them," she says,
5. Recommend Your Former Colleagues
Williams says that a coworker's departure is what ends up being remembered most, and you want to maintain the relationships you've made over the years. One way to do this: Write your former colleagues a LinkedIn recommendation.
"Highlight what they excel at and how they've helped you when you worked with them," Williams says. "You'll be making new contacts that could be useful to them some day, and vice versa, so it's important to maintain the goodwill and comraderie."
Kristin Burnham covers consumer technology, social networking and social business for CIO.com. Follow Kristin on Twitter @kmburnham. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline and on Facebook. Email Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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