If you are not spending this holiday of celebrating your love with a significant other, you may be exchanging love notes at your online dating site. Maybe a day of budding romance is just not in the cards and you would rather continue to pursue your dream job instead. But either way , online dating tips for personal relationships are not so different for creating a blessed love affair on LinkedIn.
• Determine what service is most comfortable. Not so different from taking advantage of the variety of LinkedIn features and benefits that may improve your network connections. In mail, for example, may help you get just want you want with the in- business crowd.
• Read the rules. As with online dating, it is important never to give out too much information. LinkedIn’s purpose is not to add 500+ to your network just for the sake of having quantity. Invite quality connections and those that may have some relation to other connections or industry.
• Create a winning profile. As in the dating scenario, your profile should indicate a positive attitude and what makes you interesting. LinkedIn profiles should express creativity, define your purpose and goals while encouraging businesses or employers to get to know you better. Are you really a good fit for them to pursue? Is this the relationship for you?
• Post the real photo. Posting a great photo is key and you want to choose colors that fit your personality and smile. Don’t post the best of photos that are ten years old and deceiving. Profile photos should exemplify professional attire. Suits, dress shirts are the best choice for both men and women on LinkedIn.
• Use effective communication. Your first e-mail for online dating will be establishing the first impression as well as the LinkedIn e-mails you send in private and discussion groups.
• Always be respectful of others. Don’t make lewd comments and let a person know that you are not interested in any further contact if that is the case. Make sure when using LinkedIn for business that you are articulate and use appropriate grammar.
• Avoid white lies. When dating, don’t lie about your age, income and marital status. Your credentials, recommendations and accomplishments need to be authentic.
• Avoid becoming a professional online dater. Online dating can become addictive. Like Facebook and other social networking sites, too much time can be spent on LinkedIn. Balance your search by meeting others and being involved in professional organizations that can also open the door for new opportunity.
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