Your LinkedIn Profile Picture Isn’t Just About You

Julie Walraven has a great post today explaining why you need a LinkedIn profile picture.

She writes, “People instinctively trust someone more if they can see their face.” She’s right.


Interestingly, the trust issue doesn’t impact just you. It also affects anyone you recommend or endorse on LinkedIn.

Remember, when you make a recommendation or endorsement, your profile photo shows on that person’s LinkedIn profile. Don’t be a drab, anonymous silhouette.

While your friends and colleagues surely appreciate your support, you can see it has more impact when it’s connected to a face than when it’s not.

So please, get a profile photo up. If you don’t care about it for yourself, do it for your valued friends and colleagues.

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Updated June 2017

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Comments 1

  1. Added, with permission, from a private comment I received on LinkedIn:

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for article advising people that a no photo profile could reflect negatively on friends and colleagues. I hide any endorsement that does not include photo.

    [Writer chose to remain anonymous]

    This is an effective way to avoid showing tombstone profile “photos” in your endorsements. I suppose there’s a small risk of hurting someone’s feelings so, of course, use your judgment while remembering that it’s YOUR LinkedIn profile.

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