If you have other photos that can be made your primary photo just click the button and the process to change it should begin. If none of your other photos are marked as “make primary” your current photos are not seen as good candidates for your primary photo.
Employers are expected to close the loop when someone sends them business correspondence, which is what a job application is.
With online dating, there’s more of a cultural norm (among most people, at least) that if you’re not interested, there’s no need to respond to say that; it’s okay to just delete the message.
Part of it, too, is that there’s more of an understanding (or at least there’s supposed to be) that hiring and applying for jobs is, well, business not personal.
As a result, everyone involved is expected to handle rejection reasonably professionally.
It feels different, because it feels more like I’m rejecting a person, well, personally, rather than saying they aren’t the right fit or we had more qualified applicants. I do indeed think the etiquette for rejection in different in these two situations: It’s much more acceptable not to reply to messages from would-be suitors on online dating sites than it is for employers not to reply to job applicants.
I also think I would get more pushback of the kind hiring managers sometimes get when we reject an applicant. Part of it is just a difference in conventions — the professional conventions for hiring are different than the conventions for online dating.
On the left, you should see a section labeled Visibility Options. You can still contact people when your profile is hidden but they won’t be able to look at your profile so that sort of defeats the purpose (so remember to make yourself visible if you start contacting people).
There several things hiding your profile do but primarily it removes you from search results.
Be sure to read all the rules as there are additional qualifications. If you are a paying subscriber to Match.com, you can contact anyone you want regardless of whether they pay or not.