Despite being a business networking tool, LinkedIn is still considered social media. The “social” in social media is why it’s essential to have a photo.
While some people feel that including a profile photo might open them up to discrimination, there is no way to hide from a potential employer. Sadly, discrimination does exist. However, you can’t prevent an employer from thinking you are too old or too young or too whatever.
The key is to have a recruiter- and employer-ready photo that shows you at your best, business self.
Add Photo Do’s
While a photo taken by a professional is nice to have, it’s not critical. A clean head shot, wearing appropriate attire, and preferably smiling is all that you need.
While you may think that employers will respond to a serious look, studies show that likable people are more apt to be hired and promoted.