Looking like your better self on LinkedIn is possible. And necessary. Winners of the recent “Ugly LinkedIn Profile Photo” contest agree. Brian MacFee of Systems Support, Inc. based in Marshfield; Attorney Susan Pieri of Marshfield and Rich Archibald of AFLAC and located in Pembroke are now looking great. See for yourself on LinkedIn.
Brian MacFee commented, “I’m not vain, but I am concerned with my appearance and conveying that I am open, friendly and approachable. The new photo conveys that in a glance.”
Susan Pieri added, “I came to the photoshoot with three outfit variations, ready to have fun. Debi did not disappoint! She has an artist’s eye and a friendly manner. The time flew by. Now I have three wonderful shots to choose from to replace the one currently on LinkedIn. Although, on one of them I’m told I look too happy for a lawyer.”
Rich Archibald noted, “The difference between my old photo and the new, improved one are night and day. I look more vibrant, professional and ready to go.”
According to the champion of the photo contest Debi Cramer, founder and principal photographer at https://www.38thavenuephotography.com/ in Plymouth, MA, “Let’s literally face it. Most people form an immediate impression of you by your headshot. A corporate portrait that is outdated, odd or just omitted is an unnecessary turnoff.”
Some executives favor their high school yearbook likeness. Others just choose to ignore the aging process. Either way, an outdated profile photo is not the best way to represent yourself on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network.
Debi Cramer advises, “A LinkedIn profile photo is also not the best place to show off a cherished boat, sports car or pet. It’s okay to wear ski goggles if you’re a ski resort owner, but not okay if you’re a ski enthusiast and your profession is selling life insurance. It should be noted that NOT having a profile photo doesn’t work in your favor either. Will fellow networkers and recruiters want to connect? Perhaps not. Those who do have a profile photo on LinkedIn may receive up to 21 times more profile views than those lacking profile photos (according to https://www.linkedin.com/).”
To learn more about Cramer and Thirty-Eighth Avenue Photography, visit https://www.38thavenuephotography.com/