If you’re struggling with a job search that seems to go on forever, you’ve probably wondered what might be holding you back. Is it your resume? Interviewing skills? Networking technique?
Perhaps not. It might be something much simpler to address: your LinkedIn photo.
You’re probably aware than LinkedIn Profiles with a photo receive more attention from employers. Social media engagement in the job search is at an all-time high, and recruiters like to get a glimpse of the person behind the achievements.
However, just like you’d go to an interview wearing your best suit and a positive demeanor, your LinkedIn photo must represent the professional brand you’re projecting to prospective employers… and here’s where many candidates stumble.
Here’s a fact: in a competitive job market, employers must and will use any means to screen candidates before taking the time to meet them. This means your non-interview-ready look can cost you a shot at a great job opportunity!
I’ve found, almost unilaterally, that job seekers who fail to get desired results through LinkedIn aren’t using it properly, especially when it comes to the photo. They’re often cropping themselves out of a family picture, using a photo from a recent party, or otherwise resorting to a best-available shot that doesn’t portray them in a professional light.
Still others rely on a shot taken from too far away, or one that presents issues for them as a candidate – almost inviting age bias or other job search killers.
If you haven’t taken the time to consider how your visual image is affecting your job hunting efforts, you’ll want to read on for a list of the worst possible LinkedIn photos you could use… as well as their effect on your job search success:
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