If your LinkedIn Profile Picture Looks Like A Mug Shot…

May 29th, 2009 | by Jason Alba |

then change it!

I was on a call with a professional image consultant a few weeks ago and we happened across someone’s LinkedIn Profile – immediately she said “whoa, that guy needs to change his picture!”

It didn’t really jump out at me, but to her it was clearly not a good picture for him.

How about yours?

I tell people they don’t have to pay and get it done professionally, but standing with a half (or no) smile in front of a white or beige wall…. well…. might as well hold up the sign :p

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  1. 4 Responses to “If your LinkedIn Profile Picture Looks Like A Mug Shot…”

  2. By Charlie on PA Tpk on Jun 10, 2009 | Reply

    What if you happen to be one of those people who do NOT take a good a photo? I would consider myself fortunate if my head-shot looked like a mug shot!

    Seriously: I am hardly what most people would call attractive. Shouldn’t my 20 years of work experience be of greater interest to the hiring manager than whether I am photogenic (which, in all honestly, I am not)?

  3. By Jason Alba on Jun 10, 2009 | Reply

    Yes, it should, I agree.

    My position on the image is, if you are comfortable, put it up.

    My post is not about whether you are attractive or not, it’s about the pose, background, smile, etc.

    If you aren’t comfortable with the image, don’t put it.

    If you have an image and it looks like a mug shot, fix it. Which would be either:

    a) replace it with a better image, or

    b) take it down and don’t have anything up.


  4. By Charlie on PA Tpk on Jun 10, 2009 | Reply

    I am for not using one at all. I have an avatar for my blog postings, which is a cartoon character, but I have nothing in my LI profile.

    To me, having photos and ‘status lines’ in LI were steps towards making it like FB or MySpace. And since I shied away from those sites because they were too much ‘for kids’, I was very disappointed in LI moving in that direction. I have a very different persona in my professional profiles, and making LI more like FB is undesirable to me.

  5. By Adi @ The Management Blog on Jul 8, 2009 | Reply

    It’d be helpful to have some pics of the offending photos so that we can then gauge what’s a good profile pic and what isn’t.

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