THERE IS A TREND ON LINKEDIN, AND I DON'T LIKE IT!
I have previously written about some of the unprofessional acts I regularly see on LinkedIn. You can read here, my opinion about posting non work related pictures. This post talks about the importance of a professional photo on your profile. I have a few other items to add. On the one hand, this is my opinion and you may read this and tell me I am being too serious. But consider what you are using LinkedIn for and what benefit you want to get out of it. LinkedIn is not Facebook, and if you don't learn the difference it WILL impact your professional life in a negative manner.
IT IS "SOCIAL" MEDIA, BUT USE COMMON SENSE
Most of you reading this have been to a networking event before and have seen this scenario. It is an after hour event and there is a bar available for people to have drink and someone overdoes it. They have one too many and they end up saying something that is inappropriate or worse offensive. LinkedIn is about helping others succeed professionally, which ultimately leads to your success. Keep that in mind when you post something. Think to yourself, can this be a real benefit to someone else professionally? If the answer is no or "I don't know," don't post it.
RELIGION AND POLITICS, BE CAREFUL
If you are a minister or other clergy professionally, then it is your vocation to share relevant content. Similarly, a politician should share information that is beneficial to the political landscape. It is also equally important to avoid sharing information that may disparage another religion or political group, keep it positive. I saw a group conversation the other day in which the author had recently lost her job and was asking for insight to help find a new job. I gave a suggestion and referenced my post regarding the job search. I then saw dozens of other posts of encouragement, which, are generally pleasant, but when you begin to invoke a higher power, you really do need to be careful. If this is someone you are close to and you know that you share a similar view on religion then a private message of religious encouragement is more appropriate. I want to be clear, every one is entitled to their own personal beliefs. It is important to understand, in this example the poster was looking for legitimate advice to find a job. You wouldn't walk into a business meeting and tell your boss "let's just trust God, to sort this out."
I HOPE THIS HELPS
There is a time and place for everything. LinkedIn should be reserved for professional development. For all other truly social elements you have your choice of social media including, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
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Thank you for reading this. I am truly grateful for all of you.