Is LinkedIn the new Tinder? In the past plenty have had successful encounters using the business oriented social networking site, I am not one of these people. I first created my LinkedIn in college after being told that it was necessary in today's world. In my mind the website sounds like a virtual resume with the bonus of being able to connect with past colleagues, what about that doesn't sound like a great idea? Yet, come to find out that's not what LinkedIn is for most professional women today.
I myself am no "feminazi" bra burner (not that there is anything wrong with that), but something about the way I have been approached on LinkedIn has rubbed me the wrong way, and turned me away from the site almost completely.
What about my smiling close up of my face invites you to send me a message saying how great I look? No, we will not be connecting Dr. from Germany, I do not know you, we are not even in the same line of work, request denied. My looks should not effect or reflect my professional career. When coming from a professional site, getting multiple messages about how great one looks is far from complementary, it's aggravating. Honestly, It's insulting, degrading, and deeply offensive to be praised for your appearance, and asked out on dates on a job network site.
Now, I take most if not all complements in good humor but there are a few times where I must draw the line. I accept the criticism for showing the hidden side to LinkedIn, but hope that this serves as a tool for other women so they may know they are not alone in their experience.
Constantly looking for ways to grow within the corporate marketing world I keep an eye on my LinkedIn but steer clear of my inbox. I will be doing what women before me have always done to deal with sexism, adapt and adjust.