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

A recent study conducted by The Ladders proves that your LinkedIn profile is a critical consideration of your prospect as a candidate for employment. Iíve often wondered how profile photos could affect someoneís job search efforts on LinkedIn. Especially since we donít include photos on resumesóand mostly because they can be cause for discrimination. In theory, doesnít 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 personís photo. That means that recruiters are analyzing your image and profile photo. This is why itís vitally important to have a professional image on LinkedIn. Below are some tips for having a professional LinkedIn photo.

Donít include photos that have more than one person in them.

Donít 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.

Smile!

Remember, that although most recruiters will not admit it, you are being analyzed and evaluated based on the image on your LinkedIn profileóso itís critical to keep it professional.

Itís 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.

Posted on Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 2012 07:00:27 by jhernandez

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