Why you should NEVER post a smiley face on LinkedIn

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A lot of social masterminds stress the fact that social media is a big cocktail party and while there’s some truth to this, I don’t fully agree; however, I do think that all of our social channels (including LinkedIn) can be compared to different types of events or experiences in our lives.

After sharing an article that stirred up a lot of buzz, I received a ton of mentions and followers on Twitter, some feedback on Facebook and a few connections and messages on LinkedIn. But one specific LinkedIn message stood out to me:

Great job on your post Jacques, I couldn’t agree more. Is there somewhere I can subscribe to receive more of your posts?

I replied and then ended my message with, “Please stay in touch” followed by a “: )”

After I sent the message, I had so many thoughts running through my mind… Was that unprofessional? Are smiley faces serious enough for LinkedIn? Was that unprofessional? …

As everyone does in the social age, I tweeted my thoughts:


Let’s be real for a moment– LinkedIn is serious! It’s all about connections, recommendations, endorsements, etc.– it’s literally your online resume. So far from a cocktail party, I think LinkedIn is more like being a part of the longest group interview of your life.

As a result, these are some things you just have to make sure you’re doing (or not doing) on LinkedIn:

      1. Make sure you

complete your profile

    with accurate information about yourself. The worst thing you can do is be dishonest about your experiences. The same way that someone can positively recommend you to a friend or colleague, they can also negatively recommend you when mutual connections inquire about you.
      2. You better


      quadruple check the spelling on your profile. One of

my connections

      recently updated her profile to reflect her new position at a growing


      . She changed her position to Chief Marketng Officer.

(name hidden) has a new job,
Chief Marketng Officer at (company hidden).
Say congrats!

To make matters worse, I even received an email from LinkedIn that same day letting me know of (name hidden)’s new position. Yeah… someone’s going to take her serious.

By the way if you didn’t notice the spelling error, you should seriously go spell-check your profile.
      3. Lastly, leave the personal updates for Facebook. LinkedIn is all about your accomplishments, press mentions, community service activities, awards, publications, and more. It’s


      about your workout progress, your obsession with your new apartment, your child’s good grades, nor is it about your significant other– although I did post about my

recent wedding engagement.

But then again, that post had to do with Viral Marketing… so yeah, there’s a thin line! If you’re going on a trip to Vegas? That’s great, save it for Facebook. You’re having a bad day? Sorry to hear that… invest in a diary

I could go on and on with a laundry list of things not to do on LinkedIn but I’ll leave you with this: LinkedIn is a tool and when used right, it can make you look very attractive to whomever you’re targeting at the moment. Treat it like your digital resume. Make sure your profile is polished and always at its best.

My follow-up article will be about Landing your dream job/client, on LinkedIn. Until then, subscribe to the list (on the right).

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  • Dahcia

    I express ALL of my emotions through emoticons! I guess I have to be more refined on LinkedIn… :)

  • Yvette Boafo

    I enjoyed reading this article. I recently put “lol” on a post and I over analyzed if that was appropriate within my statement. It just fit right in and I did not want my statement to be interpreted too seriously. Then I started thinking, “lol” should not be taken as unprofessional. My aha moment was when I thought about all the inappropriate “party” pictures that some people have on LinkedIn and I realized my “lol” could very well contribute to that level of inappropriateness. No more “lols” for me.

    • Haha! Yeah I’ve made that mistake (I don’t know if it is a mistake) multiple times of posting smiley face on LinkedIn with the same thought.

      You’re talking about party pictures? I’ve seen naked ‘look at my abs pictures’ and they’re not from personal trainers.

      Young ladies with ‘party background’ as their profile.


      It’s a serious issue lol