If you are currently single and looking, you have probably considered joining an online dating website to help give your love life a boost. Your love life is your responsibility to take care of. If you have joined a dating website with the intentions of finding someone new to connect with and eventually grow to love, it is important that you set yourself up for success. You see, your dating site profile is the key that will unlock the door to several potential partners. One of those people you meet might be the one, but, your chances of meeting the right person online will be slim if your dating site profile is incomplete and unappealing. The online dating profile is like a career resume; it describes your skills, values, interests, and future plans. Your profile also gives you an opportunity to make plain what your lifestyle preferences are and what you seek in a partner.  Here are some suggestions to help you build the best dating profile for your dating “career”:

Choose an appropriate username

Please don’t make the mistake of creating a username that is crude or tacky.  Your username should draw potential love interests towards you, not turn them off.  Avoid suggestive profile names like “hotpants” or “its-eight-inches.”  It’s not wise to promote yourself by advertising your sexual prowess because you don’t know who is on the other side of the computer screen sussing you out.  Crude usernames like these will guarantee that you won’t be taken seriously by potential online dating partners. The username you choose should also be somewhat vague; don’t use your real name as your username. Wait until you connect with someone one on one before you reveal your actual name.  Usernames like “Butterfly,” or “KingOfQueens” are vague yet they hint at how you see yourself and what your interests are without revealing personal information.

Upload flattering photos

Dating site members browsing through profiles will be attracted to your picture first, and will then determine from your photo whether or not they want to make contact with you.  Your online dating picture needs to be a recent photo and should clearly show your face.  If you are a woman and you want to be taken seriously by a potential partner, it is best not to post an abundance of pictures to your profile that reveal too much cleavage. You’ll never get a second chance to make that first impression!  Choose your online photo wisely.  Make sure that you are wearing flattering colours and stare straight into the camera. You may feel tempted to post pictures of you with a friend or with a family member, but that’s not a good idea.  The person who stumbles across your profile should not have to question who the other person is in your photo.  Your online dating photo also needs to be a recent image of yourself and it should be a headshot, not a body shot.  Anyone who posts a dated photo of themselves when they were 50 pounds lighter and wrinkle free will risk being resented when on the first date, the person who contacts you can clearly see that you misrepresented yourself.  A second date might not follow if that is the case.

Complete your profile

Write your profile carefully.  Next to your online dating photo, your profile is the most important tool to attracting potential online dating suitors.  You do NOT want to skimp on your profile because having an incomplete profile makes you seem untrustworthy.  No one will consider contacting you if they suspect you are hiding something.  Although you shouldn’t use your profile to display your entire life story, fill in the basic information about your likes, dislikes, your ideal relationship, and how you spend your time.  Give a general idea about the kind of work you do, your religious beliefs, and whether or not you are a smoker.  Make sure to fill in the questions about marital status and whether or not you have children.  Singles considering contacting you need to know this information to help them make an informed choice.  When you create your online dating profile, approach the experience as if you are applying for a job.  You want the right person to contact you for an “interview” and figure out if a solid relationship could take place.  Make an effort to present yourself in the best possible way without being dishonest.  Be informative yet vague.  You could mention what TYPE of work you do, without mentioning the actual location.
Once again, your picture will be the first thing that dating website members will notice about you.  When you pose for your headshot picture, choose to wear clothes with bright colors like red, yellow, and baby blue to help your facial features stand out.  Use your computer’s photo editing system to lighten up your photo and remove red-eye.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and your photo should make you stand out from the rest of the dating site’s other members.  When presented in the right way, the most complimentary word your profile photo should provoke from other profile viewers is “wow.”  When you follow all of these suggestions, you will find that your online dating “career” will be instrumental in you partnering with your ideal mate.