It always feels so good to share that you have a new job or got promoted, even if it will happen soon. Jobs are a very important part of who we are, and the more interesting thing is that many people tend to define themselves and other people by their jobs.

As Steve Harvey says in the book📙 “think like a man, act like a woman”: “A man is defined by what they do, how much their income is, and if they reached their goals.”

So you will have a new job and don’t know how to add an incoming role on LinkedIn? We are here to help you do that, so keep reading this article to figure it out.

How to Add Incoming Role on LinkedIn?

How to add incoming roles on LinkedIn?

Unfortunately, adding an incoming role to your LinkedIn profile is not an option. You cannot add a start date that is in the future to LinkedIn.

So that is it! You can’t add an incoming role on LinkedIn. But you still can post about it in your newsfeed, right? And you can mention that role is an incoming one in the title of course.

But anyway, it is still important to know how to add a position to your LinkedIn if you’ve started it or how to update it when you finished your job or got promoted in one company or even simply remove one position:

Adding a new position

Method 1

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on “Me”
  3. Click on “View Profile”
  1. Scroll down to the experience section
  2. Click on “+” 
  3. Add required information to the opened box
  4. You can always add “incoming” before the title of one position. But unfortunately, you need to add a date to it. 
  5. Click on save

Method 2

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on “Me”
  3. Click on “View Profile”
  4. Click on the pencil icon under the cover photo 
  5. Scroll down the opened box to reach the “+ Add new position” and click on it
  6. Add required information to the opened box. Add “incoming” before the title of one position.
  7. Click on save

How to Add Incoming Role on LinkedIn?

Editing a position

You might want to edit one position because you have finished your job in a company or you’ve got promoted.

In that case, you can either put an ending date to the position you left, or if you received a promotion or are going to get one in the future and are eager to announce it, just change the headline you choose for yourself.

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Log into your account, click on “Me” in the dropdown menu, select “View profile,” click on the pencil icon and edit the headline section in the opened box and now click “Save.”

If you have not been promoted yet, don’t forget to add “incoming” before the new title.

How to remove a position

Removing a position you had can be both beneficial and harmful. You should only do it if you believe that it would harm your chance of being offered a special role.

Otherwise, when you omit some experiences you had, the recruiters might wonder what you’ve been doing during those gaps, or you might simply not fit their qualifications without some of these experiences.

But if you still insist on removing a position from your LinkedIn profile:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on “Me”
  3. Click on “View Profile”
  4. Scroll down to the experience section
  5. Click on the pencil icon to see your experiences list
  6. Click on the same icon again to edit the job experience
  7. You can see a “Delete Experience” at the bottom of the opened box, right in front of the save button. 
  8. Click on it and omit the experience

The roles on LinkedIn

It is not a hard concept to understand, right? A role on LinkedIn is what you do in real life. Are you an engineer? A doctor? A teacher, an inventor?

There are billions of positions people might have and so billions of roles they can have on LinkedIn.

Are you not sure about your role in the company? Are you a jack of all trades in the company you are currently working for? Well, as the studies have shown, the companies that don’t define their employees’ job titles have much less outcome in every industry.

Besides, what if you want to find another job one day? Recruiters and employers would like to know your exact position in the companies you worked for!

So better to figure out your role today than tomorrow, right?

The things we do for new jobs

How to Add Incoming Role on LinkedIn?

Are you convinced to look for a new job? How should you let your connections and recruiters know that you are haunting a new role? Should you even announce it publically?

Announcing that you are actively looking for a job can have advantages and disadvantages. The studies show that more than 80% of people are willing to help someone who is actively seeking new jobs.

They might be hiring or just know someone who is hiring, they might even simply repost your announcement so that their connections know that you are looking for a job.

When you announce that you are open to working on LinkedIn, active recruiters can find you much easier, using some special keywords, and they are much more likely to review your profile, so you are much more likely to receive messages from them.

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And finally, when you use LinkedIn’s “open to work” features, the platform keeps recommending you different jobs and will notify you as soon as a position is available, considering the information in your profile.

As you may know, the first 25 applicants’ chance of getting hired is four times more! And the users who use the “#Opentowork” frame is 20% more likely to get a response from their connections and recruiters.

But let’s also look at the harmful parts, shall we?

I mean, it is just fine to look for a job if you are not working now or even if you have a job and tend to leave it for better positions!

But if you are employed right now, you should know that announcing you are seeking new roles might cost you your current position.

Companies don’t really like the idea of their employees looking for a new job when they are working for them. They might suspend or even fire you as a punishment.

Additionally, having that “#Opentowork” frame around your photo might cause bias from the recruiters.

Some employers rather go for the users who are categorized as passive candidates.

Passive candidates are the users who are not actively looking for a job but don’t mind being offered a better job and might actually leave their position for a better one.

Imagine a similar recruiter that is seeking candidates for your dream job!

Besides, Having that frame around your photo can lure you to scammers and spammers’ traps. Statistics show that many people lose money over fake jobs every year.

So what to do?

One strategy is trying to demonstrate your expertise by optimizing your profile.

As you know, the more complete your profile, the more chance you get reviewed and the more chance for the recruiters to offer you a job!

Another strategy is to activate the open-to-work feature but not publically; check the “Recruiters only” box.

Although there are still chances to get exposed to your current employer, the risk is much less.

Finally, you can message some of your connections privately (especially the ones who get a lot of messages from the recruiters) and ask them to refer you if they are being offered a relevant job.

How about multiple positions?

How to Add Incoming Role on LinkedIn?

As mentioned before, it is very important to add the jobs and roles you currently have on LinkedIn! Are you having a lot of roles in a company and want people to know that?

We don’t recommend you add so many positions at once.

Since it might seem that you are bragging, but if you think it could show your expertise, these are the methods you can use to do so:

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List one position:
As we said, it is not recommended to list a lot of positions in one company, but you can think of listing a title that is comprehensive enough to cover a lot of different responsibilities.

Then you can write the positions you have and the things you do. This will make it much easier to review your profile, but maybe some people don’t like it.

Separate titles:
You also can separate the job titles you have in a company and add each one of them as one experience.

Don’t forget to add 3-6 achievements to each one of them, and don’t forget to add the dates. Highlight your responsibilities explicitly, whether you are officially promoted or not.

Should we even announce the incoming role?

There is not an absolute answer to this question, different people, different ideas. Some believe that it’s fine or even good to announce this but a lot of users believe that it is awkward to announce a new job, promotion, or internship that has not happened yet.

Most of them say, what if something happens and you don’t get the role you’ve proclaimed? I mean, we cannot foresee everything that is going to happen in the future, can we?

Let me tell you about a similar mistake I made some years ago. So I was still studying media literacy in college🏫 and I was so eager to have one or two internships right after graduation.

So I searched on LinkedIn rather for paid internships, and BAM! There was a perfect chance for a paid internship at NHK channel for the spring of 2020, and I got into that internship.

Yes, wow! I was so pumped up that I announced that I was going to Japan next spring on LinkedIn, and of course, my connections congratulated me and everything.

Then the Covid 19 pandemic occurred. You can figure out the rest, right? The internship got canceled, and we could not even get out of our homes, let alone travel to another country.

Yes, that wasn’t my fault but just imagine, I was already depressed about the internship annulment, on the one hand , and the pressure of everyone asking about that internship crushed me.

Not to mention the potential job opportunities that I might have lost over proclaiming that internship in my newsfeed and adding it to my experiences.


So, do you still think it is a good idea to add an incoming role to LinkedIn? If so, we told you how to add incoming role on LinkedIn.

We also discussed the roles, job seeking, and adding multiple positions to LinkedIn.

If you want to proclaim an upcoming job, you can always use the mentioned method.

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