SEARCHING ANONYMOUSLY WHILE EMPLOYED

I am currently employed in an industry where it would be frowned upon if I am doing a search on the side (most likely only reputational damage but potentially could be worse). With that said, I'm considering creative ways to search safely, for example - using an alias (send emails as 'John Smith,' keeping my public persona anonymous (i.e. no 'Team' page on my website) or having interns do some of the initial outreach while I oversee the process.
Does anyone have experience, advice, or knowledge on doing this or a legal perspective? I assume I'll need to get professional legal advice, but I thought others may have real experience on this situation and some are likely wondering the same thing here.



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