Your profile photo on LinkedIn is VERY important.
Did you know that profiles with photos attract between 50-70% more inquiries than profiles without photos?
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.
We’ve all heard the expression and, while sometimes you may have an opportunity to interact with the other person in a way that outweighs the first impression, when it comes to job searching or advancing your career, you’re rarely afforded those opportunities and your first impression is likely to be lasting, if not permanent.
Of course, you know this, right? It’s why you check and double check your appearance in the mirror before you walk into an interview. It’s also why you practice your smile, your handshake, and your answers to common interview questions, all in order to make a first impression that dazzles the interviewer and lands you the job of your dreams!
That’s the idea, anyway. There are, however, other ways to make a first impression, even without knowing it. Your profile photo on your LinkedIn profile is one of those ways.
The potential harm to your personal and professional reputation which can be caused by posting inappropriate items or photos on Facebook, Twitter and the like are well-known,
Less obvious but no less relevant to our discussion is your LinkedIn profile. Given that employers, recruiters and professionals alike use LinkedIn extensively, your LinkedIn profile–and your LinkedIn profile photo–have the potential to make countless first impressions which, if unfavorable, you may never have the opportunity to rehabilitate.
Here then, are some key tips for your LinkedIn profile photo: