LinkedIn awkwardness avoidance options
May 14, 2009 6:53 PM Subscribe
Is it weird to omit the name of only one of your past employers on your LinkedIn profile?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Starting professional school. People say LinkedIn is useful for networking. I'm creating my profile right now. The industry I've worked in for the past 3 years is not really related to the field I'm going to school in, but I worked in the field for 3 years prior, and would like my profile to reflect that I have had some experience. Unfortunately, I left one of my past employers on bad terms, and would prefer not to list them. It's an office in the industry that I'm entering in the same town as the school, and my former boss, head and namesake of the company, is an alumnus of my professional school. He is on LinkedIn. I don't want to list the company because I don't want someone I meet who knows him to ask about me and him say something bad. I also don't want to list the company because I don't know what my former boss's current reputation is, as he was having issues when I left (which is why I left). I don't want him to somehow see that I'm listed as a former employee of his company and take issue with it somehow. This is the least likely to occur, but given my boss's past history, I would not be remotely surprised.
I'd really hate to omit part of the time I spent working in that industry. I could just list a generic office title instead of the company name for all of my past employers, but I would like to include the names of some of the other places I worked that I enjoyed working for.
Would it be weird to omit just that one company name?