Updating your LinkedIn profile without raising your boss’s red flag

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Updating your LinkedIn profile is deliberate. Every content you add or edit can alarm your boss, cause tension at work, or break a company policy.

Yet, should you feel fear or guilt in the first place?

Most employees update their professional LinkedIn profiles to keep it fresh and to track milestones.

But some bosses misread this. Your boss may think you are searching for a new job, even if your intention is the contrary.

Here are three things to mull over to avoid setting off the alarm.

1. A good boss pushes for your success.

You may feel a mix of emotions when updating your LinkedIn profile or resume. But does it elicit discontent?

Of course, not.

Embarking on a new project, freshening online content—these are two reasons, among many others, for you to feel excited or hyped.

You have every right to update your online content without guilt or fear. To calm those nerves, review your company policy on information security and social media usage. Breaking rules is more damaging than how your boss will react to the LinkedIn update.

If your boss is upset, you are better off working for someone else.

Good bosses push and laud your success. They appreciate the things you have accomplished because these also reflect their effective leadership skills and practices.

2. Advise your boss on your planned LinkedIn update.

By letting your boss know in advance, he or she will admire your candor.

Your honesty will remove any doubt. And it avoids any idea that you are hiding something.

Drop a message or talk to your boss in person. If you are open and respect your boss, give him or her a heads up on what to expect.

Better yet, tell your boss how helpful he or she has been in opening new doors for you. Then, follow up and say you want these opportunities to reflect on your LinkedIn profile.

3. Always have a backup plan.

If your boss is subtle—and likely raise a red flag on you—tell him or her that you want to realign your LinkedIn profile to the standards of your company’s clients and partners.

Otherwise, try this script: “You and the company has given me so much. In return, I want potential hires, clients, and partners to see that. I want them to know of the great opportunities this company provides.”

If a script resonates with your boss—with proper delivery, of course—he or she will see things in a different perspective, and how you want to help company.


You hold the steering wheel. Never cower to thoughts of stringent upshots when updating your LinkedIn profile.

As long as you are not infringing company policy, you have every right to update your professional documents and LinkedIn profile.

If your immediate superior gets upset, consult your manager or director. Seek advice for a new role where the boss will foster your success.

Best of all, be transparent and frame your reason in a way that will benefit you, your boss, and the company.


What are your thoughts and experiences with your boss? Drop your comment below.

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Author: Francis Rey

Francis is a voracious reader and prolific writer. He has been writing about social media and technology for more than 10 years. During off hours, he relishes moments with his wife and daughter.

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