Wednesday, 3 January 2018

3 Reasons you Need your Picture on LinkedIn

The first impression someone makes of you is the most important, and it will be based on seeing you first and what you have to say, second.  Think about meeting someone, you look at their face, their clothes, their demeanor long before you listen to what they have to say.  Online you can't judge by what someone is wearing as you do in the real world, so you can only judge by someone's face.

The same translates into the online world and even more so to LinkedIn, where someone may be interested in your talents, have found you in search, and wants to know more about you. If you're faceless, they'll be unable to 'meet you' online, and they're far more likely to move on fast.

So here are the reasons you need your picture on LinkedIn

1.   You're 'faceless' otherwise.  You could be anyone.  Yours could be a fake profile.  You're missing the most fundamental part of a social media connection - what you look like.  You may think this is unfair, you may not like the way you look, but get someone to take a picture of you on a simple background and show your face.  Many fake LinkedIn profile's have no photograph, make sure that no one can think for a second that your profile could be one of those.

2.   You come over as being lazy.  Not bothering.  No matter how long you've taken to create a carefully crafted profile if you haven't put your photograph on LinkedIn you might just be one of those 'I can't be bothered to finish that' people.  So I'll go elsewhere.

3.   People are far less likely to want to connect to you, let alone contact you.  The fundamental of social media is that you do put your photo on each and every site you interact on, be it Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.  LinkedIn requires a simple, more businesslike photo than these others, but if you want to make the most of your profile, and your chances of coming across like minded people, you need your picture there.  Having your picture on LinkedIn creates trust, not having one there creates doubt.

At the top is the blank photo icon everyone has who doesn't have their photo up.  Don't be one of those.  You'll struggle to maximize your profile.  And I definitely won't connect with you.

Also published on LinkedIn 3rd January 2018

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