LinkedIn – Here We Go Again


OMG – I can’t stop myself. I spend a decent amount of time on LinkedIn, and for those that follow me on a regular basis, I know that I have ranted about this before. But HOLY COW people just don’t get the whole “headshot” concept. I can’t generalize and say everyone, because that’s not fair. But I can very comfortably say that there is a significant percentage of people that are just missing the mark when it comes to their LinkedIn profile picture. Again, just in my opinion. So after many days of torture looking at some pretty ridiculous pictures, I am forced to rant about it – again. Here we go…some of my favorites…

  • The “Mini Me” – Seriously folks. If you can’t take the time to size your picture properly on your professional profile, what does that really say about your attention to detail or interest in your public perception. Doesn’t look good, in my opinion. Fix it – not rocket science.
  • Match.com – People – this is not a dating site – this is for professional networking. I will generalize here and say that most offenders here are women (now I’m going to get flamed). The sultry look and soft filter isn’t appropriate for LinkedIn ladies. Save it for Tinder or Facebook.
  • Group Shots – If it’s your head and there are “extra” shoulders on both sides of you – guess what? You cropped it from some party picture. Duh! Don’t do it – take the time to at least have your own picture taken. If you are so lazy that you can’t even do that, what does that say about your work ethic?
  • Vacation – I love vacations and traveling just as much as the next guy, but I really don’t care that you went to the Grand Canyon last year and I shouldn’t see a picture of you leaning on the railing next to it. Save the vacation pics for the next family function – not here.
  • Blurry – Seriously!? This tells me that not only are you too lazy to post a decent picture, but you also may be half blind. Don’t do it.
  • Spouses/Partners – I’m sure that your spouse/partner is a lovely person, but I’m not interested in them. I’m looking for your information, not theirs. Again, that’ s a Facebook picture, NOT LinkedIn.
  • Kids – OK, let the flames come my way for this, but much like spouses/partners, I’m just not interested in your kids, though I’m sure they are the cutest kids on the internet. I’m super happy that you are a proud parent, but save it for Facebook, NOT LinkedIn.
  • Logos – I shouldn’t even have to comment on this one, but I see it all the time. Just don’t do it folks – pretty please. It’s not an advertising site – you aren’t going to get business this way. You are just going to look lame.

Whew! I think that’s enough ranting for today. I sure hope that I don’t have to do this again. 🙂

I really, really, really wanted to share the actual pictures that inspired the above rant, but figured I would end up in court somehow so resisted that urge. You can browse and find many examples of all of the above points I am very certain.

Maybe we should all just use Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie for our headshots. 😉


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