Public sector employee wants to maintain privacy but also use Linkedin
January 7, 2014 9:35 AM Subscribe
I am a public sector employee, and I would like to stay in touch with former private sector colleagues via Linkedin. But I don't want the public-at-large to be able to find me easily.
posted by vignettist to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a Linkedin profile. I used to work in the private sector for many years, and would like to keep in touch with my colleagues via Linkedin.
Now I work in the public sector. I work for a local government agency, and I work directly with the public. For comparative and hypothetical purposes, let's say that I am an IRS agent who conducts audits.
As you can imagine, from time to time I might have interactions with a citizen where the citizen is unhappy with the outcome of our discussion. Also, from time to time my position requires me to appear in court on behalf of my agency.
I would prefer that if a citizen or attorney searches for me on Linkedin, when they find my profile it would not be readily apparent that I am the exact person they are searching for. My name is fairly common, and a search turns up five or six people with my name in my local metro area.
I'm sure there are other professions that have similar privacy concerns. Other than the obvious - don't put your information on the internet - what are some best practices in terms of maintaining some privacy, while still participating in social media? Do I make up a title, like "consultant"?
I don't anticipate that I will move back to the private sector, but these days you never know. I would like to keep my network current and demonstrate that I am still learning and growing professionally.
Finally, let me address the idea of using Facebook to stay in touch - I have a firm personal policy that I don't add work colleagues to my personal Facebook account, and I don't add personal friends that I have never worked with to my Linkedin account. It's important to me to keep my personal life and my professional life separate. If I don't the lines become too blurry for me.