Q. I need to update my LinkedIn profile, but I am afraid that if I do, my employer will know that I am looking for a job. How do I use LinkedIn without tipping my manager off?
A. I get this question a lot. Sadly, there is real reason to be mindful of your activity on LinkedIn. A lot of employers monitor LinkedIn closely. Many have very strict policies regarding what employees can actually do with LinkedIn. Beyond needing to adhere to any corporate policies regarding LinkedIn, there is a simple way to actively use LinkedIn without making it look like you are searching for a new job:
Consistently maintain your profile and use LinkedIn regularly.
Yes, the best way to use LinkedIn without making it look like you are searching for a job is to simply always be using LinkedIn. If you are in the habit of maintaining your profile (e.g. engaging with co-workers via shared projects, commenting on articles of interest, being a thought leader, etc.) then there is nothing suspicious about your presence on LinkedIn.