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Online Dating vs. LinkedIn – Profile Tips from Love and Life in the Digital Age

LinkedIn is a career cupid that bridges the gap between candidates and employers in a digital space. This new-age approach to job seeking allows you to establish an online presence with the hopes that you’ll either land a job or lure professional prospects into a meaningful business relationship. No matter what your objectives are, the fact remains: LinkedIn is like an online dating profile for professionals. Let’s take a look at the tips and tricks that you can learn from online dating profiles that’ll help you transform your LinkedIn profile.

Say cheese

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A picture says a thousand words, so don’t underestimate its importance in the matter of making or breaking your profile. Just as you want to look your best in your online profile to lure romantic prospects, the same visual appeal applies to LinkedIn. Since it’s a professional website, you want to make sure you have a good headshot to spearhead your profile. If you take a low-resolution image off of your Facebook profile, crop out your friend standing next to you and post it online, you’re doing it wrong. That pixelated, closely-cropped image where one ear is missing and a part of your hair is suddenly gone will not pass as appropriate, so you better swap it with something suitable. Don’t have access to a professional photographer but want to add an image? Ask a friend or family member to take a picture of you against a plain background like an office wall, or opt for a brick background for an edgier look.

Do you have a professional picture but it’s a bit outdated? An older image is acceptable, as long as you haven’t changed drastically. Your headshot should look like you on your best day, so if your best day was 10 years ago and you’ve…changed, it’s time to update your picture so that people recognize you when they see you in person. The same goes for online dating, as you’ll come across an image of someone online only to find that the picture was taken a long time ago and when you meet in person they’re reminiscent of the image, but not the same. Hair and clothing changes with the times, and so should your picture. Update your headshot every 2 years to stay current.

Don’t leave anything empty

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A complete profile leads to a better chance that you’ll find a career match or love match. Fill in all the fields you can with detailed content so that people can get a better feel for who you are and what you can provide for them. Just like potential mates, recruiters and companies are scanning your online profile for certain details that appeal to the role they’re trying to fill; whether it’s for the role of soul mate or superstar co-worker. Good content goes a long way, and every space counts so make sure to use the appropriate buzzwords to get people’s attention.

Spend time on your summary

The summary at the top of your profile is like a sales pitch. This is your time to shine and show ‘em what you’re made of by selling yourself, your current situation, and what you’re looking to accomplish. The rest of the profile is the fluff, the filler, and the supplementary content but the summary is the first block of text that appears in your profile that leads someone into your profile. Odds are that if they don’t see what they like in the first few seconds, they’ll move on. What are you looking for? Full-time, part-time or occasional? If you’re serious and committed to finding the right opportunity, make it known up front.

Fools rush in

Build a relationship with someone first before connecting online.  Don’t add someone to LinkedIn that you’ve never met, and the same goes with asking someone out on a date before talking to them first. Make sure to nurture the relationship and when the time is right and you’ve mutually agreed to move things along, you can click the “add” button.

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