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Your Photo on LinkedIn –
Breaking a Cardinal Job Search Rule?

Do you have a LinkedIn profile? I certainly hope so since this is the first place recruiters go to find their ideal candidates. Do you have your photo on that LinkedIn profile? Again, I hope so – as today it is expected that you should. If you don’t, get a professional pic up there now! What you don’t have on LinkedIn says more about you than what you include.

But did you know that only three-plus years ago a big debate broke out over whether or not it was appropriate for LinkedIn to let its users have a photo anywhere close to their career qualifications?

Today most professional resumes still don’t include photos, exceptions being professional bios in the entertainment and public speaking fields, maybe a high-level executive resume. This job search “rule” is due to the Human Resources concern over liability regarding interviewing a candidate based on appearance, race or age.

(Maybe it’s time to change this rule, too? Please share your comments below.)

In doing research for this post, I found an interesting article, “A Photo Is Worth a Thousand Words” by Adam Nash on the LinkedIn blog. In this article the following announcement was made: “We’re excited to announce that starting tomorrow LinkedIn members will have a new option available: the ability to add a professional photo to their profile.” (9/27/2007)

Business publications raced to cover this revolutionary change in how HR and recruiters might be swayed on whom they would choose to interview. In fact, Bloomberg BusinessWeek printed the following: “As recently as an August interview, LinkedIn’s co-founder and president, Reid Hoffman, said ‘photos and business don’t go together…[continue reading at Coach Meg]

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Help people with the entire Job Life Cycle. From encouraging people on how to look for a job and get interviews (including resume writing service) to coaching them through interviewing and getting job offers to motivating them through the day to day of their working career. After the resume perfecting process, individuals are lead through my book, The 10 Key Interviewing T.E.C.H.N.I.Q.U.E.S. and propelled to successful, enriching careers. From individuals to larger speaking engagements, I love what I do.

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