Top Things People Assume About You When You have no Profile Picture
Your profile picture is your first impression on LinkedIn. Without a profile photo, you basically have left no first impression so far, and can make the decision on whether or not your profile even gets clicked on. This may seem like common sense, but not having a profile picture can have a huge overall impact on the appearance of your profile and how it is viewed. Not only does it make your profile seem incomplete, but assumptions start to be made about a person who chose against displaying a photograph of themselves.
When you don’t have a profile picture certain thoughts will run through a person’s mind. You don’t want this person to be a recruiter or prospective employer. People begin to think; Am I even connecting with the right person? Is this who I think it is? That right there can deter someone from connecting with you, and you have already lost a possible connection. People start to question the fact if they should even connect or not which is very unfortunate for you.
Someone seeing a profile without a profile picture will think, Why wouldn’t they have a profile picture? Does this mean that there is something wrong with them? They assume you clearly do not care enough about your profile presence because you didn’t care enough to even choose a picture. Not only that, but they will have no idea of your age range.
Choosing the wrong profile picture though, does almost just as much damage as not having one at all. Quirky and silly photos may work for you on Facebook but they won’t work on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is meant to be professional and that is how your profile picture should appear. You need to use a headshot that is recent enough, and representative of yourself. You should not include your babies, your spouse, or your pets. Your profile isn’t about them it is only about YOU. Now this doesn’t mean you need to go out and spend tons of money on an expert photographer to take your LinkedIn photo, but keep in mind that it is almost just as important and the content you share on your profile, and it is the first impression you make on the viewer.
Once you have chosen your profile picture make sure it is sized correctly. You don’t want to be that person without a forehead in your profile picture! Aside from that, an extreme close up can make the viewer assume that you have something to hide. Whether it may be that you cropped others out of the image, or maybe you have cropped out the casual attire you were wearing, but they could also assume you have other physical attributes about yourself that you don’t like and chose to hide.
Not having a profile picture on your LinkedIn profile is a silly mistake to make. Viewers may chose to not even click on your page because of it. Remember though, the profile picture you chose is representative of who you are and should be professional. People will assume and wonder things about you if you have no photo to provide. You want your LinkedIn profile to be straight forward and showcase your best professional self, not leave people curious.
What do I Put in my LinkedIn Profile?
It is a must that your LinkedIn profile is filled out completely, with thought behind it. Your LinkedIn profile is showcasing your best professional self and you deserve to have it perfect. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide what belongs on your profile and what doesn’t, but there are certain things that definitely need to be included.
Think of your profile picture as your first impression on LinkedIn. It is the first thing people see and without one your profile might very well be not even looked at. Second to that is your headline. It is right at the top of your page and could be the very first thing anyone reads or sees about you, so it is important to chose a headline that is simple, yet attention grabbing.
After this comes your summary. The summary section is a great way to highlight your experience. You should include your certifications, languages, and other skills that you have. Remember the more robust your LinkedIn profile is, the more you will get noticed.
When completing your profile you need to select an industry because recruiters use this field to search for prospective candidates. After that, include your past and current employments and all of your volunteer work. Every job you have had is important, even dating back to your teen years and if you have switched fields. Sharing them displays all your experience and skills that you have gained through them. Keep in mind that volunteer work is just as important too. When recruiters see volunteer work on your profile, it gives you an extra edge. In fact, most recruiters consider it equal to paid work and 20% of hiring managers have said to made hiring decisions based on volunteer work.
You should use the “Additional Information” section on your profile to share links to your company, your website, your blog, twitter, and any other sites that will provide more information about you.
Your profile information should make you stand out, not blend in. You want key points about you on your profile that not every one else will have. Here is a list of the top ten over used on LinkedIn, make sure to try to steer away from them:
Sometimes it is tricky to figure out what you should include on your profile. But you need to remember this is a place designed for you to stand out and showcase all your experiences and abilities. So fill your profile out the best you can, and don’t forget most important pieces.
LinkedIn is the Number One Site Recruiters and Employers Use to Hire
The truth is, LinkedIn dominates social media sourcing and recruiting. It is the number one social media website that employers use to recruit prospective employers. 94% of recruiters who use social media as a tool, use LinkedIn. LinkedIn’s popularity has been a constant top choice among recruiters since 2008.
There are overwhelming percentages that prove LinkedIn’s importance. Recruiters use LinkedIn in a couple of different ways to find who they feel is the best candidate for the position they’re looking to fill.
96% of recruiters say they use LinkedIn to search for candidates
94% use LinkedIn to contact candidates
93% use LinkedIn to keep tabs on potential candidates
92% choose LinkedIn to vet candidates pre-interview
And 91% use LinkedIn to post about job opportunities.
Recruiters use social media because they feel it attracts the best candidates. It is easier to share jobs through social media because it reaches mass amounts of people. LinkedIn showcases professional people with professional backgrounds and it provides information on the qualities and skills prospective employers are searching for. That’s why its been consistently the best choice for recruitment.
Now understanding this, it’s important to have your LinkedIn profile filled out to the best of your ability, displaying your strengths, experiences, and skills to possible future employers. Professionals in search of new hires use LinkedIn as their number one tool to seek out information and find the best candidates. To even better understand LinkedIn contact us!