Dear Anonymous

Dear “Anonymous”, when you view my profile but don’t want anyone to know who you are, you look like a stalker.
The only problem is, I can’t block you because you are ANONYMOUS.

anonymous-profile

Dear LinkedIn person who has the “shadow” head for a profile picture…..
Do you realize when you do that you give the impression you only haphazardly set up your profile and might not even have completed filling it out?
This gives any potential employer the impression you don’t follow through.
Put a picture up, answer a few questions, and follow through, please.
You might actually get some inquiries as a result 🙂

Dear LinkedIn person….regarding that profile picture…..
Remember the saying “You only get 1 chance to make a 1st impression”?
Well, you might be making the wrong 1st impression.
Be it right or wrong, people form their first opinion of you when they see your profile picture.
So, keep it simple and make it a reflection of you that you would be proud of.

A few pointers….
If your profile picture includes a bottle of beer….just say no.
If your profile picture is a selfie aimed directly down your shirt…just say no.
If your profile picture is a Glamour Shot circa 1989, PLEASE…just say no.

Glamour Shot

Trust me. I truly believe in being an individual. I do.
However, I think you will be given so many more opportunities to show just how much of an individual you are, if you just get to the point where a prospective employer actually wants to talk to you.

Dear LinkedIn person…….
I am more than happy to accept your request to connect since we have a few contacts in common and you have some experience that is relevant to mine and we might be able to help each other network further.
HOWEVER, please don’t send me a note thanking me for connecting and then asking if I would like to date you.
The answer would be no.
You must have mistaken this site for Match.com.
Thank you.

If you want to get the most out of your use of  LinkedIn (or ANY site that showcases you as a potential employee), you need to put forth a bit of effort.
You only get out of it what you put into it.
Do not underestimate the power of your online presence.
Use that power for good!

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