Even if you’ve only submitted your resume for review, employers are also checking out your presence online. Related: 5 Reasons Your LinkedIn Photo Is Terrible Social media like your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profile, as well as any links you may have included to your blog or website are serving as a first point of connection with the employer. And the first thing they see is your avatar, or photo, that’s associated with your online presence. Given this, you want the first impression to be a good one.
Credentials and experience are all that really matters to hiring managers, right? Related: How To Reach Recruiters On LinkedIn Mm, not so much. As much as we wish that hiring decisions weren’t based at all on extraneous information like our appearance, the truth is that separating these things completely is impossible for anyone to do. Certainly, most of us imagine ourselves as being more evolved than that, but science has long proven that the judgments we make of each other are largely intuitive.