Many of us don't like photos of ourselves and we definitely feel averse to sharing our image with over 200m LinkedIn users. But stop and think for a moment...
- Would YOU want to connect with a stranger who doesn't want you to see their face?
- Would you trust this person?
- Would you want to meet up with them?
- Do business with them?
- Employ them?
- Or do you think they're hiding something in their desire to stay anonymous?
Conversely, could the person who looks presentable, smiling and approachable be the right fit for your company? Is it worth connecting and having the conversation at least?
People like to do business with people - REAL people. And there's more chance that they'll want to engage with you if you have a headshot photo.
So, if you don't already have a headshot uploaded on your LinkedIn profile, take a few minutes to do it today. It doesn't have to be professional quality - it just needs to be "professional" - ie not a holiday snap or a picture of your dog.
You can take a photo with a regular camera or smart phone. Just make sure it's a headshot only - ideally against a plain wall. Take lots of photos and then choose the best. Make sure that you look clean and tidy - aka employable - and that you are smiling. This is not a passport photo... It's a photo that will encourage people to engage with you, to have you on their team or to do business with with you. So, yes, smile. Look approachable, friendly and positive.
A huge amount of recruitment is done via LinkedIn so be visible... upload your headshot photo today.