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Are You Looking for Love on LinkedIn?
By Tom Sorensen
Thursday, 25th January 2024
 

You may ask if looking for love on LinkedIn is different from flirting at the office or trying to pick up a date at the company’s annual outing.

There may be romantic chemistry or mutual attraction, but all of them might get you fired and your professional reputation ruined.

There are occasional reports and anecdotes scattered across online forums, social media, and blog posts about individuals attempting to use LinkedIn for dating.

These stories often highlight the inappropriate or unwelcome nature of such advances and the negative reactions they may receive from others on the platform.

However, it’s crucial to emphasize that as far as we know these anecdotes represent isolated incidents rather than a widespread or accepted practice.

  • Caveat: This article does not suggest using LinkedIn as an online dating site. On the contrary, use LinkedIn to focus on professional networking and career development.

Using it for personal and romantic purposes can be seen as inappropriate and may not be well-received by other users.

  • LinkedIn is designed as a professional networking platform, and its primary purpose is to connect professionals for business-related activities such as job hunting, career development, and business collaboration.

What does LinkedIn say about it?

By using LinkedIn for purposes other than professional networking you may violate the platform’s terms of service. This could result in penalties, including account suspension or removal.

“Do not use LinkedIn to pursue romantic connections, ask for romantic dates, or provide sexual commentary on someone’s appearance or perceived attractiveness. Do not send unwanted advances in messages, posts, or comments or send sexually explicit images to anyone on the platform.” - LinkedIn Professional Community Policies

Is your professional reputation important?

Mixing personal and professional spheres on LinkedIn can impact your professional reputation.

Others may view it as unprofessional or question your intentions, which could have repercussions in terms of job opportunities or collaborations.

  • Unintended Consequences: Connecting with someone on LinkedIn for dating purposes may lead to misunderstandings or uncomfortable situations, especially if the other person did not expect or appreciate such advances on a professional platform.
  • Potential for Harassment: Using LinkedIn as a dating site may open the door for inappropriate behaviour, including unsolicited advances or harassment. This can create a negative experience for users who are seeking professional connections.

Anything on social media about this?

To find the most current anecdotes or stories related to using LinkedIn as a dating site, you may want to check recent discussions on social media platforms, forums, or blogs.

Most users on LinkedIn expect and appreciate professional interactions, and using the platform for personal or romantic purposes is generally discouraged.

Keep in mind that individual experiences can vary, and using LinkedIn for dating is not the norm or the intended use of the platform.

How hot should your LinkedIn photo be?

Please, do not ever post your Facebook and Instagram photos on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is not the place to post a selfie of yourself in Speedos swimwear and a lizard on top of your head. Yes, true, I know a LinkedIn profile just like that.

The general expectation is that profile photos should be professional, business-oriented, and reflect a serious tone.

It’s not appropriate to use a “sexy” or overly provocative photo on LinkedIn.

Here are some guidelines for choosing an appropriate LinkedIn profile photo:

  • Professionalism: Choose a photo that reflects your professional identity. Wear professional attire that is suitable for your job. Use removebg.com to ensure the background is clean and uncluttered.
  • Clear and Well-Lit: Use a clear and well-lit photo where your face is easily visible. Avoid using overly filtered or edited images. Use photofeeler.com to get a score from others.
  • Approachable Expression: Opt for a friendly and approachable facial expression. Look directly into the came and with a nice enigmatic Mona Lisa smile. Avoid using photos with extreme facial expressions or overly casual poses.
  • Solo Photo: Use a solo photo where you are the main focus. Avoid group photos, as it may be confusing for viewers to identify you. Go for a headshot (from you shoulders up).
  • Consistency: Maintain consistency with your professional brand. If you use LinkedIn primarily for professional networking, keep your photo aligned with that purpose.

Using a photo that is too sexy or provocative can be perceived as unprofessional and may not be well-received by your connections or potential employers. It’s best to save such photos for platforms that are designed for personal or dating purposes.

Don’t be a moron

In conclusion, it’s advisable to use LinkedIn strictly for professional networking and to explore other platforms that are specifically designed for dating if you are looking to make personal connections.

Mixing personal and professional boundaries on LinkedIn can have unintended consequences and may not be well-received by the majority of users.

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