Can I Delay My Date When Joining A New Company?

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Can I Delay My 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?

Action Steps

Start by thanking them for the opportunity.

Your immediate response should always be enthusiastic to show how pleased you are with the offer. After that, simply ASK the new employer if beyond the two weeks is feasible for a start date.

If there’s no hesitation, you’re good to go.

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.

Good luck with the new job!

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