Once upon a time, it was easy to tell a person’s favorite pronouns based on their biological sex or name. Nowadays, things are not so simple. For this reason, a person’s gender identity may not be accurately reflected in their appearance or name.
To keep pace, social media platforms have started including options to include pronouns on their profile pages, including LinkedIn. Here are the different types of pronouns you can add on LinkedIn and why it’s important.
The different pronouns you can add on LinkedIn
For many people who adhere to gender expectations, pronouns are not that complicated. However, pronouns can be a sore point for those who are still unsure of their identity or in the midst of a transition.
Whether it’s meeting someone online or in person, it’s not always obvious what their favorite pronouns are. It can also be difficult to ask questions when the situation does not arise.
In general, there are three common sets of pronouns:
Of these three, people have the option of using one, two, or all of them. For example, some people may prefer to be called she/they, he/they, or are comfortable with all three.
In some cases, people may be hurt or offended when they refer to them with the wrong pronouns, even through professional correspondence such as text messages or emails. With this, you can unintentionally get on someone’s bad side or create an unwanted negative impression.
By adding your pronouns to LinkedIn, you can help normalize pronoun sharing, so everyone feels safe. As more and more people add pronouns to their LinkedIn profiles, it can be easier for everyone to do a quick check before offending someone, especially a potential client or boss.
How to Add Pronouns to Your LinkedIn Profile
There are two ways to add pronouns to your LinkedIn profile: web browser or app.
How to Add Pronouns to Your LinkedIn Profile Using a Web Browser
Here’s how to add pronouns to your LinkedIn profile using any web browser.
Go to your LinkedIn homepage on a web browser.
Click it down arrow below Me.
Click on See profile.
Next to your name, click the edit icon.
Under Pronouns, select your favorite pronouns.
Alternatively, you can also click Customs.
Type your favorite pronouns.
Click on Save to confirm your choice.
How to Add Pronouns to Your LinkedIn Profile Using the App
If you are an avid user of the LinkedIn app, you can also add your pronouns using it. Here’s how.
Open the LinkedIn app on iOS or Android.
In the upper left corner of the screen, tap your profile picture.
Faucet See profile.
Under your profile cover photo, tap the edit icon.
Under Pronouns, select your preferred pronouns.
Or press Customs to write personalized pronouns.
To select Save to confirm your choice.
After you add your pronouns, they will automatically start appearing next to your name on your LinkedIn profile or posts. In the future, you are also allowed to change your pronouns using the same method above. So if you’ve already changed your mind or feel more comfortable sharing this aspect of your life, you can easily update your LinkedIn profile.
Once you’ve added your pronouns, you might as well take the time to change your LinkedIn title to one that can get you noticed or show recruiters if you’re open for work.
Help LinkedIn become a safe space
In some cases, people’s preferred pronouns change over time. For very fluid people, there are seasons when they are more comfortable being called one or the other. Luckily, LinkedIn makes it easy to tell people which pronouns you prefer at any time.
Even if you’re a gender-conforming person, it’s helpful to add pronouns to your LinkedIn profile. After all, if you help eliminate the stigma of pronouns, you can help encourage people in your network to share theirs without judgment.
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