[06.06.13]
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LinkedIn Impressionism: How Does Your Photo Compare?

This is a guest post by Randy Block about your LinkedIn first impression.

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LinkedIn is certainly the leading site for networking among professionals. It is constantly upgrading its services.

And after you have connected with someone, you often see “People You May Know”. You watch the parade of photos and backgrounds. Your LinkedIn first impression.

I have viewed thousands of photos over the years. At the risk of offending someone, I would like to give my impressions of those that need a review by their owners.

Here’s a review of my LinkedIn first impression

1. The No Picture

Now, I know that online privacy is important to all of us. But come on people, many of us might know you on sight but not by name. Add your photo to your LinkedIn profile! This just in!  No photo can hurt your LinkedIn search results. Not a good LinkedIn first impression.

2. The Dated Picture

Several years ago, I met a friend for lunch. We both had aged (funny how growing old does that **). Would you believe this 50-year-old used their college graduation picture on LinkedIn? I know that age discrimination is alive and well. But update your photo!! We go into shock meeting someone who has aged 20 years in just 5 days from looking at his or her LinkedIn photo.

3. The Action Photo

You are a distant dot doing something athletic or riding something. I guess this works if I want to hire a dot. We ask, “Who was that masked man?” It worked for the Lone Ranger, but use a close up head shot please!!

4. The Trustworthy Photo

The eyes have it. Most of us like to look into someone’s eyes. Seeing the eyes gives you the impression of trustworthiness.

5. The Dark Picture

This photo lacks the proper lighting. There is a human in there I just know it.

6. The Tuxedo Photo

This photo will work if you are looking for a job as a waiter or maître d’. Let’s face it, you are overdressed.

7. The Half Face Photo

Shades of Phantom of the Opera. What does the other half of your face look like? Scary!!

8. The Duo Picture

Yes, there are many LinkedIn photos out there with two people. Do you think that we would like to play the game of “Guess which one of us matches the background?” NO! And leave your family and spouses out as well.

9. The Caricature/Drawn Photo

Only your friends know for sure. But could they hire you? Are you being too clever?

10.  The Mug Shot

There is shadow behind your face. Were you finger printed at the time of the photograph?

It’s important that we all “stand out” from the crowd. It’s what personal branding is all about. With the exception of identical twins (triplets etc.), there is no other face that looks exactly like yours in the whole world.

** Groucho Marx said: “Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do us live long enough.”

Thanks littlemoresunshine for the photo via Flickr


Written by: Randy Block
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  • Excellent advice. It’s hard to over-estimate the importance (to both job hunters and service providers) of a professional LinkedIn head shot. I just posted a LinkedIn guide to my site, so this subject near and dear to my heart.

  • Couldn’t agree more Stephen. Thanks for the comment.


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