In several of my blog postings, I have mentioned the importance of your LinkedIn photo. For one thing, you can not achieve a 100% complete profile status unless you have a photograph posted. From everything I hear, having less than “100% profile completeness” will knock you out of serious consideration by many (if not most) recruiters using LinkedIn.
I have also offered some advice on what makes a photograph effective. I would encourage you to read “Your Picture” for my two cents.
And more recently, I have mentioned the damage that can be caused by using a bad photo. The following is an excerpt from my “If I’d asked people What they wanted…” posting:
What is the benefit of updating your LinkedIn network with “Seasoned chemical engineer looking for a challenging position in the Dallas semiconductor industry” every day …day after day…? This is particularly bad if your LinkedIn photo looks a little bit depressed. You are just reinforcing an image of yourself as a hapless job seeker unable to gain any traction week after week.
Today, I read a great “Career Realism” posting called, “Your LinkedIn Profile Picture May Be Killing Your Job Prospects.” by Joshua Waldman. Take a look at it and see if perhaps you should change your profile picture.
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