delaying start date of new job
Can you Delay your start Date When Joining A New Company?
While you can delay your start date, it’s not recommended to extend beyond that timeframe. Common courtesy and the standard for giving a notice to an employer is typically 2 weeks (depending on the role).
Usually, the new employer wants you to start ASAP and your current employer would like you around a while longer to wrap up projects, train your replacement, etc. You don’t want to burn a bridge with your old employer or get the new one angry, so what do you do?
How to Delay Start Date for New Job
You can delay your start date by running through a few simple steps we laid out below.
1. Start by thanking them for the opportunity.
Your immediate response should always be enthusiastic to show how pleased you are with the offer.
2. Ask the new employer if beyond two weeks is feasible for a start date.
If there’s no hesitation after asking for an extension, you are good to schedule a later start date. If there’s some hesitation or push back, I would stick to the original 2 week notice (if that’s what you initially agreed on) and start when originally planned.
3. Wrap up by mentioning the new ideal start date.
If they are good with a delayed start date, thank them again for their flexibility and send over the ideal start date/time that works best for you.
reasons to delay start date new job
There are a number of reasons you might need to delay a start date but the most common are that your current employer needs a bit more time to properly transition your position over or that you are waiting to hear back about another job you had previously interviewed for.
Regardless of the reasoning, try to be respectful towards everyone’s time. The worst thing you can do is get your new manager angry before you even start!
We hope this helps and good luck with the new job!
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