With more than 277 million users in over 200 countries and territories so far, LinkedIn is a true social networking juggernaut. On LinkedIn, you'll likely meet your new boss, client, partner, or employee, even if you may not know it at the time. The undeniable reality is that before anyone reads the thousand words on your profile, they will judge you by your headshot.
In 2012, I wrote 19 Reasons Your Headshot May Be an Epic Fail, which took a satirical look at poor examples of profile photos on LinkedIn. That piece, as well as a follow- up a year later, garnered a lot of attention. (The social shares on both articles disappeared this January due to a site relocation, but I swear it received a lot of social media attention.)
The time has come for an update. Because I practically live on LinkedIn, I see an example daily of how to fail at your photo, and recent examples inspired this post. Remember: the point of my snarkitude is to exhort the working masses take a moment to double-check the face they present to the working world.
1. The bare-feet-on-the-beach selfie
That point-of-view shot of your lower calf and feet resting comfortably on a blue towel with only sand/shore/sky in front of you must mean you work for Jimmy Buffet, searching for your lost shaker of salt. Oh, wait. You're an account executive. In Chicago. Maybe this shot helps you endure the polar vortexes all winter, but are those lower gams really the first impression you want to make on LinkedIn?
2. I can haz Seth Godin
The bald look is powerful, I confess. More so when you are so deliberately posing a side profile with one hand on your thick framed glasses. In your gray T-shirt. Against that bright-red concrete background. No smile for you, of course. You are a SENIOR content manager, and you mean business.