Some time ago, I ran across a LinkedIn picture of a job seeker, casually dressed in shorts, who was holding a brightly lettered political sign over her head. Needless to say, the photo wasn’t flattering or helpful to her job search!

After asking my resume-writing, coaching, and careers industry colleagues at Career Directors International about the inappropriate LinkedIn photographs they’d seen, I came away with a list of LinkedIn Photos that:

  • Were taken from such a distance that no one would recognize them
  • Included the candidate posing in a bikini on a beach
  • Showed the candidate’s GARDEN – without her in it
  • Displayed a major league sports cap (a turnoff to the recruiter that contacted him, who noted that it was the “wrong city, wrong team”)
  • Were snapped at a party where the subject obviously had too much to drink
  • Resembled a mug shot – no smile, just a grimace that did not put the candidate in the best light

Job hunters, PLEASE!  It’s time to think carefully about the image you’re projecting online.

It’s an employer’s market, and the best opportunities WILL pass you by if others believe you aren’t serious about your career.

Take that picture down (the one where someone else’s shoulder can still be seen next to you, with that big shadow!), and succumb to a professional headshot.

At the very least, let someone adept with a digital camera take your photo in a suit, with a smile, and use it to put your best foot forward.