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Job Search Advice - My Boss Saw My LinkedIn Profile - Now What?

Even if you're trying to keep your job search quiet, you need a LinkedIn profile. That's because it's one of the most effective job search tools you have: LinkedIn is outstanding for research, connections, and recommendations. However, having a profile causes a dilemma for some candidates: what happens when your boss sees it and gets angry about it? (It's a valid concern...lots of managers could take issue with you looking for another job.) How will you explain yourself?

It's easier than you think.

You've got to remember that LinkedIn is a social networking tool-it's not a job board or a job search site. You're not visibly applying to anything, or even posting that you're looking for a job. You are just posting a very professional profile that says quite a bit about you that your customers or other professional contacts will see. You want to represent the company professionally, and you want to represent yourself professionally, and you're trying to learn the new techniques in marketing.

Who wouldn't like that?

Your manager doesn't have to see that you're messaging people about jobs. You don't even have to officially connect to people in order to speak with them. You can contact recruiters, for instance, without connecting with them.

Keep this in mind, also: Unless your boss has a LOT of time on his or her hands, it's going to be very difficult for him or her to go around policing employees' LinkedIn profiles.

However, that doesn't mean you should get on there and say that you can't stand your boss and you're looking for a new job that could get you some attention you don't want!

Otherwise, you'll be fine.