For the professional man or woman, posting an online dating profile can feel risky and far too revealing for comfort.
Can colleagues (or your ex!) potentially see your profile?
How much personal information can you share without risking appearing unprofessional?
What kinds of photos should you include?
Your answers are here.
Your Profile is NOT Private
The first thing you need to know is that you’ll have no control over who sees your online dating profile. Anyone who is participating in online dating, from a colleague, to an old flame, to your ex could potentially see your profile. There can be no reasonable expectation of privacy with online dating.
Don’t let that scare you away, but consider carefully what you’ll share and how you’ll share it.
Tip #1: Imagine your Grandmother seeing your profile. My profile shares plenty of personal details about me, but it contains nothing I would not be perfectly comfortable showing my grandmother (this includes my photos).
Your Profile is NOT a Résumé
The second thing you’ll need to consider when writing an online dating profile is who you are OUTSIDE of your career accomplishments.
Your professional accomplishments are a significant and important part of who you are, but when you’re out there in the dating world, remember you’re looking to connect with someone you want to spend your time away from the office with.
Not sure where to start?
Tip #2: Try sharing something you’re interested in learning about. How to cook a pot roast, how to fold a fitted sheet, what a meme is, or the next place you’d like to explore in the great wide world.
Your Photos Matter
Third, I know it’s tempting to hire a professional photographer to take photos of you for your online dating profile, but don’t. I could explain why, but just trust me on this one for now. Do NOT include your professional headshot or the photo from your badge either.
Tip #3: Be sure your profile includes a Selfie as well as a full body shot.
Bonus Tip: The order in which you arrange the photos in your profile will make a difference in how people perceive you (and the kind of matches you receive), so give some careful consideration to that as well.
Busy and Need Help?
If you’d like me to show you the best order in which to post your photos or help to optimize your profile so that you maintain your professional image (while maximizing your chances of meeting someone you can really connect with) you can hire me for that.
Send me an email here to find out how soon I can work you into my calendar and for information on pricing for each of these services.