Are you showing your true professional self?
“Your head shot is one of the most important elements of your LinkedIn profile. A good first impression encourages the viewer to read the rest of your profile. In fact, your profile is 14x more likely to be viewed simply by having a profile picture…”
This is the being of an article here within LinkedIn. (http://blog.linkedin.com/2014/07/14/a-professional-photographers-guide-to-getting-the-right-linkedin-profile-photo/)
I find it amazing the profile photos I see on LinkedIn. I suspect that most of the really questionable ones I see are of people who wouldn’t think of submitting a resume on a wrinkled piece of paper, or with a coffee stain on it, or on a piece of yellow legal pad paper. (ARGH!!!!) However, if your profile picture is the first impression that other professionals have of you are they getting the best professional you with the picture choice you’ve offered?
I see pictures of people who simply crop out the others in the photo and use that, as if we don’t see that arm around them. (really?) If this is you, consider it a huge mistake. Anyone ever hear that in a case when you have not got something nice to say, simply remain quiet? Ok, for the profile picture, if you are not going to show me your best professional image, leave it blank. No picture, until you have a good one, is preferred over a bad picture that you intended to update for 2 years.
If you have a smartphone, yes you can use a selfie that has no random stuff in the background and clearly shows you (not in your car) professionally dressed with a pleasant smile upon your face.
I am begging you to join the movement to clean up the unprofessional pictures on LinkedIn. Offer to help a friend and volunteer to take a clear, professional picture from your smartphone and send it to them to use.