Can someone please clarify something for me?
My title at work is “valuation analyst.” I work with private companies to derive a value for their stock for various minority interest transactions/mergers/sales.
I came here fresh from college and I’ve been here two years. When I was first hired, I changed my LinkedIn profile to reflect the new position but used “financial analyst” as my position. I did this thinking it was just a more general description of my position. I pay very little attention to LinkedIn and my check once a month at most - so I don’t care much about it.
Yesterday, my boss asked me over to his office and shut the door. Obviously I grew nervous, wondering what this could be about. He wound up chewing me out because my LinkedIn profile misrepresented both my position and the firm as a whole (there is no “financial analyst” position at our firm). I didn’t ask why and told him I’d change it. Again, I didn’t intend to misrepresent, I just wanted a more general description of my position to avoid possible questions.
What I’m asking is this - what the hell am I missing here? Why would he be so upset? This is the first time in two years I’ve been reprimanded and my boss (the president) is generally a very gracious and fair employer. I trust there’s justification for this but fail to recognize it myself. Can anybody offer me any insight?