Your LinkedIn Profile Photo Is More Critical to Your Job Search Than Ever!

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A recent study conducted by The Ladders proves that your LinkedIn profile is a critical consideration of your prospect as a candidate for employment. I’ve often wondered how profile photos could affect someone’s job search efforts on LinkedIn. Especially since we don’t include photos on resumes—and mostly because they can be cause for discrimination. In theory, doesn’t the same apply for LinkedIn profiles?

An unprofessional image of you on LinkedIn can definitely hurt your chances of consideration for employment with an organization. The study found that recruiters viewing a LinkedIn profile spent almost 20% of their time on the person’s photo. That means that recruiters are analyzing your image and profile photo. This is why it’s vitally important to have a professional image on LinkedIn. Below are some tips for having a professional LinkedIn photo.

Don’t include photos that have more than one person in them.

Don’t utilize photos of yourself in a social setting, drinking, or engaging in questionable or unprofessional behavior.

Wear an outfit similar to what you would wear to a job interview.

If possible, take a professional headshot from the shoulders up.


Remember, that although most recruiters will not admit it, you are being analyzed and evaluated based on the image on your LinkedIn profile—so it’s critical to keep it professional.

It’s important to remember to brand your resume before applying to each new position for more information on branding check out my recent article 5 Key Areas to Target When Branding Your Resume. You can also get additional job search and career related advice by checking out our blog or following us on Twitter @GreatResume.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!

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